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Raymond, N. H. 


'*Bo it a weakness, it deseires some praise; 
We love the play-plaoe of our early days." 

"I have considered the days of old, the years of ancient times.''— Faalma 77: 6. 

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Thlf book win be for sale, until the edUion is ezfaausted, bj Mn. Charles 
W. Lane, at the ymage ; alao bj the anthor; in BoeUm, by D. H. 
Brown, 25 and 28 Cknnhill, and S. O. Drake, 17 Bromfield Street. 


Uome ! what a word ! What interesting associations fill the mind when 
it is named. It is the place where our eyes first opened upon the beauties 
of this world ; where we were first charmed by a mother^s voice and 
fond carosROs; a falhor^s lovo and the prattle of sisters nnd broUiors. 
There wonian*s smiio greets us ; children and fncnds gladly welcome us. 
The most of true bliss is enjoyed at home. 

Persons of labor dnd business toil on patiently for the blessing of 
home. Mariners on rough seas anticinate home. Soldiers on well-fought 
fields, dash through dust and blooa witli tlie hope of victory and the 
blessings of home a^ain. Speak to children of home when away, and 
their countenances liglit up with joy. Speak to the aged of it, and ^ 
their eyes sparkle; they seem youthful/ living over again summers 
that were all sunshine. 

These with many more say, "Home, thy joys are ]mssing lovely." They 
rcmomhor the dwelling of their childhood; "the orchard, Uio meadow, 
Uie deep-tangled wild-wood," and withal, 

''The old oaken bucket, the iron bound bucket, 
The mo88-coYored bucket wliicb hung in the well.*' 

The history of our Home is the object of this work. It has been the 
labor of convenient opportunities for many years. A goodly number have 
encouraged us. Some have wondered how there . could be such a history. 
We have been asked more than once if it would be as large as a Primer 
or an Almanac. The inference was, that so much would be all the history 
of tlie place ; or all which tlio author was capable of wriUtig. Of course, 
we accepted the last view of it. 

We have searched records, traveled, coiTCsponded, and asked, perhaps, 
thousands of i)uestions. The result is now seen. Oral testimony is some- 
times uncertain, as memory fails. Errors, therefore, may be found. VVe 
love our town and all that is good in it with the affection ol a son. If 
the work shall prove interesting and profitable to those who reivd, it will 
be the greatest reward we expect. 

Large portions of the book, in manuscript, have been shown to different 
persons, considered good judges, some of them learned ; tliose pages in 
verse, to a member of the bar in one of the largo cities, who is the author 
of a town history ; for such is our extreme diflluence as to capabilities, we 
never could have offered tlie book to tlie public without the approval of 
these gentlemen. With their sanction it appears, and with it, we express 
our warmest gratitude to true friends, who nave encouraged us in our ef- 


Go now, my book, to cvoiy ono. 
And give ike history of the town ; 
Tell all the wonders weVe hod here. 
Go tell the whole with greatest care. 

Describe the landscape, plains and hills. 
The flowing streams, the marm^ring rills. 
Tell of tlie vales, the fields, the wood. 
The farms, some poor, more very good. 

WoVe little lakes, 'though caird but ponds ; 
Their names are Governor's and Jones' ; 
Chief river. Lamprey, here not wide. 
Flows gently down to meet the Ude. 

Tell how the Indians wandered here. 
Fished in our streams, and hunted doer; 
Tclled in the woods, and counseled how. 
If while men ctme, they'd drop them low. 

See mortars.whore they pounded com, 
The wigwam's place for night and storm ; 
Their axes, chisels, warlike maul. 
Friend David Pecker shows them all. 

Toll how tlio early settlers came, 
Built humble cots and called Uiom **nome;** 
Felled forest trees and tilled the land. 
Raised beans and grass and Indian com. 

Ten of the early schools they had. 
With teachers good, school-houses bad ; 
Of preaching, too, all went to hear, 
In homely dress, no fashion's gear. 

Go all about this rural town, 


Up "Long Iliir go, and "Brcftk Neck" down ; 
Go to "Tho Brnncli^ and "Fiddler's Green," 
There Nature^s handiwork is seen. 

When surging wars in fury came, 
Brave men left; mill and farm and home ; 
On hard fought fields, in patriot band, 
Their watchword, "God and native land/* 

Of Dudley's, how much may bo said, 
Stephen and James first purchase made ; 
The Judge, 'Squire Moses, Nat and Sam ; 
Why, bless your souls, we here made men. 

Pray don't forgot the Blakes, tlio Poors, 
The Beans, the Browns, the Nays, the Moores ; 
Tell all about good Deacon Cram, 
Uis brothers two, Bcnj'mm and John. 

The Pages, Prescotts, Foggs and Lanes, 
The elder and tlio younger Swair.s; 
The Gilmans, Osgoods, Dcarboras, true. 
And Norris, Folsom, Scnbner, too. 

Hero in tlio church was Sticknoy good, 
Farnsworth and Chapman, grave in mood ; 
This last too pure to here remain. 
He left and passed to heaven beyond. 

Of doctors there were Hodgkins, Trull, 
Pillsbury skilled, of fun brim full ; 
His pills did good, but more his mirth. 
He made his saddest patients laugh. 

(lO see "The Oven" up in town ; 

'Twould bake your pies, white bread and brown ; 

'Twould bake a lamb, in fact an ox ; 

'Tis nature's work in solid rocks. 

Ten cords of wood would heat it hot, 
Tlion in with beans and pudding pot ; 
'Twill hold till full, potatoes, fish. 
When done, oh, what a dainty dish ! 

McClures own the land round there. 
Where roamed the wolf and growling bear ; 


The cunning fox, too, had his den, 
Secare from dogs and hnnting men. 

The ladies here are fine and fair. 

Bless Heaven, they've made us wliat we are; 

Just fit for wives and mothers too, 

Thej seem like angels here below. 

I little thought this country town 
Had done so much till written down ; 
We've got a start, and Croclcet said, 
**Be sure you're right, Uien go ahead.'* 

Hurrah I hurrah ! throw up your hats. 
Use aU your liands in ringing claps ; 
Hurrah I hurrah ! a prize we've gained. 
The laurel, crown and diadem. 

Nay, little thought we'd done so much ; 
I need the canvas, pencil, brush ; 
A picture large like spreading land, 
Witli scenes of action bold and grand. 

To Raymond's sons we bid God-speed, 
In wisdom's path let each one tread ; 
Then honor, fame and bliss will come. 
And heaven be the final home. 







The town is in latitude 43° 2' north ; longitude 5 -^ 52* 
east of Washington. It is bounded north by Nottingham 
and Deeriield, east by Epping and Fremont, south by 
Chester, and west by Chester and Candia. It embraces, ac- 
cording to Merrill's Gazetteer, 16,317 acres, of which 300 
are water. 


As a whole, the soil is less rich and productive than most 
other towns in the vicinity, yet there are some good farming 
sections. There are not, properly, any mountains. It is 
variegated by plains of small extent, some large swells and 
hills, well cultivated fields, good meadows on the streams, 
pleasant vales and beautiful forests. 

A lover of nature finds much to contemplate with inter- 


est. In the warm season, there are wonders and delights on 
every hand. The streams flow gently and form murmur- 
ing waterfalls. The hills rejoice; the trees seem to ** clap 
their hands ;** the birds sing their sweetest songs ; while the 
flowers send forth the best perfume. Winter is long and 
cold, but has enjoyments. The tillers of the earth have lei- 
sure, social pleasures and opportunities for reading and in- 
struction. The winds, driving storms and deep snows are 
attended with some gloom, yet often they are gloriously 
wonderful. Then, as Thompson says, 

" God is awful with clouds and storms 
Around him thrown, tempest o*er tempest rolled 
Majestic darkness ! On the whirlwind's wing 
Riding sublime, he bids the world adore, 
And humbles nature with the nortliern blast.** 


The largest river in this section is Lamprey, formed by 
the union, in the west, of a stream from Deerfield and one 
from Candia, and then flowing the whole length of the 
town. The Indians called it Piskassett. Somewhat early 
in the history of the State, settlers in towns below, through 
which it passes, gave it the name it now bears, or, rather, 
Lamprey-ell, plenty of those fish being found in it. In 
' some books it was called Lampril. In Chester Records, A. 
D. 1762, it is called Lamprey-eel ; but for many years it 
has been called simply Lamprey river. 

After leaving this town it flows through Epping, thence 
into New Market, where it meets the tide. Below, it falls 
into Great Bay, which has an outlet into the Piscataqua, on 
which Portsmouth stands. 

This river, in places where there are many large ones, 
would be called but a creek, or large brook, but its relations 
to this town are such, it is so interesting and valuable, that 
we say of it as the American poet. Barlow, says of the Con- 
necticut, — 


*' Few Mratory stroanis through liappier villas shine, 
Nor drinks the sea a lovelier wave than thine.'* 

The next in size is the Branch, so called because it is a 
branch of the Swamscot on which Exeter stands. It is in 
the south-east part of the town, coming from Chester and 
passing into Fremont. 

Pawtuckaway is in the north-east, coming from Notting- 
ham and soon enters Epping. The name Pawtuckaway, 
with the Indians, signified Great Buck Place. In early 
times, this was quite generally called Stingy river, because, 
at the raising of a saw-mill on it, the rum furnished was not 
enough to satisfy those who assisted on the occasion. 
Raisings then and long after were much prized by those 
who wished to get their spirits up by pouring sj>iriis down. 

A stream from Jones* Pond falls into Lamprey river, near 
Mrs. H. D. Page's, and is called Cider Ferry, *irom the fol- 
lowing circumstance : Some early settlers, before there was 
any bridge across it, were getting a barrel of cider over, 
when by some mishap it fell and burst, and the contents 
were mingled with the flowing stream. But, as fish do not 
drink cider, no harm was done. 


Jones' pond is the largest, and is situated south-west of 
the village and north of the railroad. A saw-mill was 
built near its outlet, in early times, by a Mr. Jones, 
hence its name. Governor's pond is north of the Long Hill. 
It was named in honor of the Provincial Governor, Benning 
Wentworth, in oflice in New Hampshire from 1741 to 1767* 



A little to the south-east is *'Thc Branch," so called from 
the river of that name there. A mile below the village is 
** Freetown,** in the early years the central place of business. 
Two miles north of the Center is **Oak Hill," named from 


the heavy growth of oak timber once found there. In the 
north-west is "Break Neck Hill,** called thus because an ox 
once ran down it, fell, and broke his neck. **Tiie Mount- 
ain" is near J. Tucker Dudley's. Here grow maples, 
which, though not as large as tlie cedars in ancient Syria, 
are useful in producing sap for sugar. In the west is *»Hea- 
ley Mountain." Abundance of granite stone is found and 
carried by rail to Portsmouth. •« Shattica** is in the 
south-west. The mountain glens of Scotland were 
scarcely more secure from invasion than this formerly was. 
As our countryman, Washington Irving, said of another 
place, *'one might get into it as a fish into an eel-pot, but 
the mystery seemed to be how to get out again. ** Of late 
a road has been made through it. *'The Green" is a place 
commanding a view of some distance. It was long called 
"Fiddler's Green," because one Green, formerly living 
there, amused himself with the use of a fiddle. But if he 
fiddled or piped, he found none to dance. South-west of 
the Gile school-house is "Rattlesnake Hill," so named be- 
cause that reptile was once numerous there. "Guinea** is 
near the Nay House, northerly of the Gile school-house. 
A colored family once lived there, supposed to* have come 
from Guinea in Africa. 

Last, but chief, as to locality, is the village, usually call- 
ed the Center. Eighty years ago it was mostly a pine for- 
est, with but one dwelling, just back of where that of W. 
B. Blake now stands. Fifty years ago there were four 
houses; that of Mr.. Blake, Wm. Towle's,on the spot where 
Mrs. Willard now lives, Jonathan Cram's, near the black- 
smith's shop, and the one where Mr. Sargent resides. The 
next erected was that now owned by Mr. S. P. Blake. 
There are now sixty houses here. In the village are three 
churches, the town hall, five stores, a milliner's shop, an 
apothecary's shop, a tin plater's shop, and two hotels. The 
depot here is a central wood station between Concord and 
Portsmouth. The wood and other lumber business is im- 
mense for a country place, and the trade is great. 


There is but one natural curiosity here. It is on the land 

owned by the McClures, in sight of the road leading to 

Deerfield. It is a natural excavation in a ledge, called 
**The Oven," from the appearance of its mouth. At the 

opening it is five feet high, about as wide, and extends in- 
ward fifteen feet. 



For ages, this place was an almost unbroken woodland. 
The sun, moon and stars shone as now ; the rains came ; but 
man, with industry, civilization, the arts and comforts of 
society, was not. The forest trees were large. Any con- 
siderable portion of the wood and timber would now be 
quite a mine of wealth. 


The Indians were then here. They had their trails 
through the woods, hunted in the forests, fished in the 
streams and planted in the small openings. About twenty 
rods east of the house of J. Fisk Stevens, and near the riv- , 
er, a cave was found in which it is supposed they lived, in- . 
stead of a wigwam. Traces of it are still seen. There 
two Indian relics were found, which are in possession of Jo- 


' seph Fisk. One is a knife of flint-like stone ; the other, 
we are convinced, was a whistle, used to call each other in 
the dense woods. It is of stone about the size of a hen's 
eggj resembling it in shape, with a hole nicely cut through 
it lengthwise. 

John Folsom, brother to Eliphalet, found, after 1770, a 
stone chisel on the north side of the town. Some relics 
were found in the Branch district. Within a few years, 
David Pecker has obtained quite a collection, mostly from 
this town ; among which are a stone ax, two stone war 
clubs, gauges, a stone knife, a stone pestle, two whistles, 

At the east of Freetown saw-mill is a mortar in a rock, 
and another on land of the Abbotts, west of Oak Hill. This 
last has a groove around it, evidently for catching com that 
flew out while being pounded. South of Jones' pond is an 
Indian pot, cut in a ledge, and north of the Green is anoth- 
er. Thejatter is in a rock some three feet high. Both are 
nicely cut out, and will hold nearly half a barrel each. 
Probably they were heated with a fire in them, and then 
used for cooking food. 


The catamount and bear were found here, but the latter 
were not very numerous. The red deer with branching horns, 
which were shed annually, were plenty. When Deerfield 
was incorporated, in 1766, the name was given to it from 
the abundance of deer found there. After Raymond was in- 
corporated, at the annual town meetings, Deer-Inspectors, 
(called "Deerspectors" by the first town clerk,) were chos- 
en. There was a law of the Province that none should 
kill deer from the first of December to the first of August. 
The penalty was ten pounds lawful money. Deer Inspect- 
ors were to search and detect suspected violators of the 


Wolves were also common. When this town was a part 
of Chester, a bounty was offered, for killing them. The 
law was in force ten years, ending in 1758. At first the 
bounty was about $1.33, but was afterwards increased to 
twice that sum. In 1749, J^^^^ Stark, of Derryfield, now 
Manchester, killed a wolf in Chester and obtained a bounty. 
This was the Stark who became a Major- General in the 
war of the Revolution, and proved himself more capable of 
overcoming and capturing British forces than in taking 
wolves, when a young man. 

Raccoons, foxes, beavers and many other animals, some 
of which arc still here, were found in great numbers. 




Columbus discovered America in Oct., 1492. 

John Cabot discovered North America in 1497. 

Capt. John Smith discovered the shore of New Hamp- 
shire in 1614. 

The Province was called Laconia till 1629, when John 
Mason, an original proprietor, gave it the name New 
Hampshire, from the County of Hampshire in England, 
from which he came. 

The first settlements were at Portsmouth and Dover in 
1623 ; next were Exeter and Hampton in 1638. 


John Whelewright purchased what is now Exeter and a 
large territory near it of* the Indians. The deed is dated 
April 3f 1638. It was obtained of the Indian Sagamore* 
We-ha-now-no-wit. It probably took in what is now our 
town. It would be gratifying to know the price, but the 
deed does not specify. The Sagamore only says, "I, We- 
ha-now-no-wit. Sagamore of Piscataquacke, for good con- 
siderations me thereunto moving and for certain commodi- 
tys which I have received have granted and sould (sold) ,** 
etc. The Indians for some time proved troublesome, and no 
more towns were settled for about 60 years. 

A little before 1700, Kingston was settled. It embraced 
what is now East Kingston, Danville and Sandown. It had 
a garrison on the Plains as security against the Indians. 

Londonderry, including what is now Derry and Wind- 
ham, was settled in 17 19. Scotch Presbyterians came from 
Ireland, and finding plenty of chestnuts, they named it Nut- 
field. They cultivated potatoes, the first ever raised in New 

Not far from the same date, 1719, the settlements of Exe- 
ter were extended to the part now called Epping, and soon 
to what is known as Brentwood. 




The place was discovered. What is now Epping and 
Fremont, being parts of Exeter, formed the western bound- 
ary of occupation as a town. A foreseeing, business man 
at Exeter, looked beyond and saw there was ** much land 


lo be possessed.** This man was Col. Stephen Dudley. 

Dudley's purchase. 

In Jan., 1717, Col. Dudley purchased what is now this 
town of an Indian, named Penniwit, and Abigail, his 
squaw. The date of the deed is in the Register's Office, 
but not the deed itself. The following is a copy of Dud- 
ley's Commission : 

"Province of New Ilampsbiro. SamU Shuto, Esq. Captain General 
and Commander in Chief in and over His Majesty^s Froyinco of New 
Ilanipsliire, in Now Unglnnd, Sec. 

To Stcplicn Dudley of Freetown, in the Province aforesaid, Greeting. 

By vii*tue of the Power and Autliority in and by his Majesty's Royal 
Commission to me granted to be Captain General, &c., over this His Maj- 
esty's Province of New Hampshire aforesaid, I do (by Uiese Presents) re- 
posing especial trust and confidence in your loyalty, courage, and good 
conduct, constitute and appoint you tlie said Stephen Dudley to be Colonel 
and Toton Major of Freetown aforesaid, which land you have obtained 
by deed from Capt. Peter Penniwit and Abigail his Squaw. Given under 
my hand and seal at arms at Boston, the seventeenth day of August in the 
seventh year of the reign of his Majesty King George Annoque Domini, 
1717. SiunU Shute. 

By his Excellency's command 

John Boydell his Sec'y.'* 

This was the first transaction relative to the settlement of 
the town. 


If the deed of Whelewright was obtained in 1638, why 
was there a necessity of purchasing this territory again of 
the Indians? The only answer that can be given is, seven- 
ty-nine years had passed, Whelewright was dead, the place 
had not been occupied, and probably the Indians claimed 
it. There is evidence, too, that Abigail, named in Dudley's 
Commission, was daughter of Om-a-can-can-oe, a Saga- 
more and former owner of the land. 



It IS seen that this was called Freetown when Dudley pur- 
chased it. It bore that name till it was incorporated. It is 
believed that it arose from the ship timber business. The 
king of England claimed the best, and agents explored the 
forest and marked the trees they chose with the letter R, the 
abbreviation of the latin Rex, translated king. Attempts 
would be made to take these trees, and being successful 
here, none molesting, they called it Freetown. But at length 
\it was found this business was not free. After 1740, a load 
of this timber was started for Exeter, and when near where 
Aaron W. Brown now lives, officers of the king came, un- 
loaded the timber, unhitched the oxen and ran the wheels 
into the river near. Sergent Wm. Towle, who afterwards 
lived at the Center, was then a boy, and with those who 
drove the team. 


In March, I718, Col D. sold one-eighth part of his pur- 
chase to James Dudley, Jr., cooper. This James Dudley 
was the father of Judge Dudley, and his brothers Samuel 
• and Joseph, all of whom afterwards lived here. A part of 
the land then obtained has been in possession of the Dud^ 
leys ever since, more than 150 years. This, to the Dudley 
family, is quite interesting. J. Tucker Dudley, now of this 
town, is of the fifth generation of the purchaser at that 

We have seen the deed given by Col. Dudley to James 
Dudley aforesaid. It is a curiosity, and would be copied 
here if a part of it had not been torn off and lost. Instead 
of commencing as now, **Know all men," it commences 
thus, — " To all Christian people.** From the location of 
what is set forth in the deed, it commenced somewhere at 
the Center, was "three miles in width on both sides of the 


river by the bridle path.'* The^price, as stated in the deed, 
was three pounds. 

In May, 1722, Col. Dudley disposed of 400 acres more of 
his possessions here, giving a deed to Francis James, of 
Gloucester, Mass. 


This was erected at what is still called Freetown mills. 
Probably it was built by Col. Dudley and others of Exeter. 
This was not far from 1725. It stood a few rods above the 
present mill ; the dam was high, and the water flowed the 
meadows north and west of the Center.. 


Dean Dudley, Esq., of Boston, thinks he did. The late 
Hon. J. Kelly, of Exeter, in some account of him, says he 
was of this place. Our opinion is, that he lived mostly in 
Exclcr, but was here some of the time, superintending the 
affairs of his property, and showing his possession. 

He was a shoemaker by trade. He possessed much en- 
ergy, enterprise, and was spirit-stirring. He wore a scar- 
let coat, laced jacket, ruffled shirt and powdered wig. He 
died at Exeter, in 1734, aged 46. John, a brother of his, 
was killed by the Indians in the part of Exeter now called 
Fremont, in 1710. Col. Stephen Dudley v^as uncle of 
Judge Dudley. A son of Col. D., named Stephen, was 
deacon of the Congregational church in Gilmanton, and 
died Aug. 11, 181 1. 


In Oct., 1719, about eighty persons, chiefly of Hampton 
and Portsmouth, associated and obtained a grant for a town- 
ship. The grant was given Aug. 26, 1720. It was then 
called the ** Chestnut country." The town granted was ten 


miles square, and embraced, besides what is now Chester, 
Raymond, Candia, Auburn and a portion of two other 
towns. Settlements were immediately commenced by per- 
sons from Hampton and Rye, among the most active of 
whom were S. Ingalls, J. Goodhue, J. Sargent, Eben Dear- 
bom, R. Smith, B. and*E. Colby, John and S, Robie. The 
Robie family, afterwards in Raymond, came later from 
Hampton Falls. 

The town was called Cheshire till its incorporation in 1722. 

In 1750, a portion of Chester was set off to help consti- 
tute Derry field, now Manchester. In 1763, the part called 
Charmingfare was incorporated Candia. In 1764, Free- 
town was disannexed and incorporated Raymond. In 
1822, another portion was spared to help constitute Hook- 
sett. And, finally, in 1845, the west part of Chester, call- 
ed Long-meadow, was incorporated Auburn. Chester is, in 
a sense, the venerable mother of all of these places. 


The next event in the history of our town was its survey, 
in 1728, by a committee of five, chosen at Chester, and re- 
siding in the part now comprised in that town. Besides the 
name Freetown, it was frequently called the ** North 
Woods.*' It was divided by the survey into 140 lots and a 
few gores, not numbered. No. i was in the north-east. 
Each lot was intended to be 100 acres, but many of them 
were larger. 


The first settlement of a town forms an important part of 
its history. All would like to know something of those who 
first planted the wilderness ; whence they came ; the time 
when ; how they lived and what hardships they endured. 
But it is often difficult to get the desired particulars, espe- 


cially, as in this case, when the town was formerly part of 
another. We have already noticed the opinion that Col. 
Stephen Dudley was here for a while, and that about that 
time a saw-mill was built. Very likely a few families were 
here then. This was more than 140 years ago, between 
1720 and 1730. Many years since, traces of cellars were 
seen near tiie mill-yard at Freetown, where, doubtless, some 
of the early settlers lived ; but there seems no possibility of 
ascertaining who they were, nor concerning any others who 
came here previous to 1740. Not many were here before 
that date. We will give the result of extensive inquiries 
and researclies. 

1744. There is a record, which we think reliable, that 
Samuel Dudley was here at this date, his oldest son having 
been born about that year. He lived where the Judge after- 
wards lived. 

In 1 745, Samuel Healey settled in the west part. His 
house was east of what is now the Jersey road in Candia. 

1750. About this date, David Bean came from Kingston. 
He was brother of Lieut. Benjamin Bean, who came soon 
after. He lived just south of Capt. Levi Brown's, where a 
cellar is now seen. He soon moved to the Island in Can- 
dia, and some of his descendants, by the name of Bean, 
have since lived there. 

1751. Elisha Towle, from Hawke, now Danville, settled 
a little north of the residence of Col. Lyba Brown. 

1752. Lieut. Benj. Bean, from Kingston, settled back of 
Aaron W. Brown's blacksmith shop ; a little after, in the 
old house opposite Widow John Bean's. That house was 
standing then, and had been occupied by one Smith. The 
house is the oldest in town. 

Jedediah and Jonathan Brown, from Seabrook, came to 
tlic Page road. Jedediah lived where Col. Lyba Brown 
lived, and Jonathan in the field east of the road, on 
land now owned by the Prescotts. 


Maj. Josiah Fogg, from Hampton, settled where Timo- 
thy O. Page owns, and his brother Stephen on the Page 
road where Mr. Floyd lives. 

Daniel Robie, from Hampton Falls, settled where the au- 
thor of this book resides. 

1753. Daniel Todd, originally from Ireland, came to a 
place east of the Dean Smith place. There is no house 
there, but the cellar remains, and on the door-stone, yet in 
its place, is " 1764," the date of the incorporation of the 
town, which he had chiseled there about that time. 

1754. Daniel Holman was from West Epping. He had 
lived below, but was disposed to move westward, with civili- 
zation. His small house in Epping was not far from Thom- 
as Folsom's, and was the first built west of the river. In 
Raymond, he lived on Oak Hill, just above the Abbotts. 
He was not blessed or troubled with neighbors for some 

1755. Robert Page, from Pagetown, in North Hampton, 
came, built a house opposite Simon Page's, and established 
himself in it. And about the same date, John and James 
Fullonton came from Epping. John built a log house in 
front of Lieut. John E. Cram's, which had no glass or 
doors, properly such. James bqilt back from the highway, 
in the field now owned by Mr. Tufts. 

These are but fragments of the history of that early peri- 
od. The above became families of note. In the mean- 
time, and during the nearly ten years that followed the in- 
corporation, * 'the common people" were filling in; indeed, 
some of the uncommon^ till there was the life and industry 
of human activity in different parts of the town. But, in 
the absence of materials for any full account of those times, 
what can we do? A good cause, with courage and perse- 
verance, knows no defeat. We will accomplish our object 
in spite of seeming formidable obstacles. We will make an 
exploring tour through the principal places of the town, 

OP RAY310NI>. 21 

gather all the information possible by observation and rigid 
inquiry, and, in a familiar talk to readers, give them th^ 
whole of it. Like one of Bunyan's characters, '*we will 
talk of things past, present and to come, provided it be for 
mutual benefit." In many cases, dates can not be given. 
An account of some will not be mentioned here, but will be 
found under the head of Biography. 


Please not suppose that much of what follows is romance. 
Simply guess there arc four of us, two intelligent lady 
friends, a gentleman and the writer, seated in a substantial 
farm wagon, drawn by a horse like one described by Wash- 
ington Irving, named '*Gun-powder," that had some metal 
in his day, but has lost it, so that a good whip must be used. 
The ladies eye him sharply, and express some dissatisfac- 
tion. But exercise patience. Columbus's men wished to 
find land in a day, and would have returned, but that in- 
trepid navigator was not disheartened, though the prospect 
seemed hopeless. The result was, the discovery of a conti- 
nent. Our voyage shall result in discoveries that will inter- 
est the people here in all coming time. 

The gentleman by our side has a note book in which to 
insert what we may dictate. We have taken **Macaulay's 
History of England," ''Prescott's Philip II. of Spain," from 
which the ladies will read aloud when riding over hard 
roads, or through uninteresting places, also Whittier's poem, 
**Snow-Bound" to be read if we find ourselves horse-bound. 
It is August. Others go to the mountains, Saratoga, or 
the beaches. We can do better. We are to see the won- 
ders of this place, and find out things of old, when the 
sturdy pioneers leveled the forests, erected their humble 
dwellings and began to cultivate the virgin soil. 

The first operations were at Freetown mills, and some 
were early in the Branch District. The veritable, shrewd, 


humorous *'Maj. Jack Downing** said, **It is well to begin 
at the beginning of things and we shall get through better.** 
We go to the south part of the Branch road and then pro- 
gress north. On the Raymond side of Chester line, Benj. 
True, from Salisbury, built a house. He was the father of 
the late Capt. Benj. True, who lived in the edge of Chester. 
Barton Pollard lived near the Todd place, and the Moores 
were early on the farm still called by the name. On the 
Currier farm the Merrills flourished ; and in 1795 Gideon 
Currier, from Chester, came into possession. He became, 
in his day, perhaps the largest land-holder in town. 

We are delighted, in fact charmed, with appearances in 
this section. It is one of the best farming portions of the 
town. Good, substantial dwellings, all on the northerly side 
of the road and fronting the street, add to the attractions. 

And now we are opposite the homestead of Benja- 
min Poor, Esq., and recall the lines of a poet, — 

"Yon house erected on the rising ground 
With tempting aspect draws us from the road, 

For plenty tliere a residence has found. 
And content a magnificent al)ode/* 

But we must not go in, for they might find out the busi- 
ness of our ride, and that is as secret as Free Masonry, till 
all shall be told in the town history. 

About the time of the Revolutionary war, Samuel Poor, 
with his sons Samuel and Ebenezer, came from West New- 
bury. They began on what are now two farms still in the 
name of Poor. Nearly in front of Esq. Poor's dwelling is 
a grand elm tree. It was set there by his father, and his 
mother held it erect while the soil was filled in around it, 
more than ninety years ago. 

The carriage is stopped after getting a litde beyond the 
house, so that we shall not attract notice, a line is drawn 
around the tree and its circumference is found to be 14 feet. 

'^Wooilman, spare that tree." 


Esq. Poor held town offices when there was purity in the 
elections. Offices came to those judged worthy, instead of 
those wishing them, maneuvering to get them, sometimes 
by money and bad liquor. 

We notice not only the buildings, but the barn-yard, 
which, by much labor, is made basin-like, so that every- 
thing fertilizing is saved. The farm appears well cultivat- 
ed. At the Town Fair in Chester, in 1871, we heard Judge 
French speak. He stated that a friend from Raymond told 
him that morning, he had some difficulties in farming ; that 
in mowing around the hills, it seemed necessary that one 
leg be shorter than the other. No name was given, but we 
felt sure tliis was Mr. Poor, He is patient, however. He 
was seen, not long ago, plowing at the west end, near the 
Currier place. There the fast stones were plenty. But 
the soil was all turned over. What the plow did not dov 
one with the breaking up hoe did, as in good old times. 

But do not dwell here too long. Our horse is as restless 
as a war-horse. lie is panting for onward progress, and so 
onward we go. We are learning the past and present won- 
ders of this interesting town, and the prospect of success is 
as bright as the star of hope. 

John Prescott Lovering came from Exeter to Fremont, 
then to what is here known as the Lovering place about the 
commencement of the Revolutionary war. His son Daniel, 
a grandson, the late Capt. Daniel, and finally a son of the 
Capt., the present Moses L. Lovering, also dwelt here. A 
Pail Manufactory was established in 1864, in which are 
two steam engines, and often eight or ten hands are employ- 
ed. Sometimes 100 pails have been made in a day. Tubs> 
mackerel kits and shingles have also been made here. As 
we pass on, we see where Col. Theophilus Lovering, anoth- 
er son of J. Prescott Lovering, resided. It is on a road half 
a mile to the east. On our right, too, half a mile off, is the 
Whittier place, where dwelt Capt. Benj. Whittier, the first 
Justice of the Peace. 


Where Levi S. Brown lives, the Swains formerly resid- 
ed. Mr. Brown and family have in preservation many 
relics of the olden times, embracing dresses, Buckskin 
breeches, long stockings, coats with broad lapels, broad- 
brim hats, a female cloak, tea dishes, furniture^ &c., all of 
which are well worth seeing. 

Jacob York came from Lee, to what is now called York's 
Comer, in 1795. It is said that near this Comer, Clement 
Moody early settled. No one lived nearer than *'the Rocks'* 
in Poplin, now Fremont, and when fire was lost, it was nec- 
essary to go to "the Rocks** to get it. 

At the old Bean house, opposite Widow John Bean's, not 
only the town meetings were held till a meeting house was 
built, but the meetings for preaching. 

Passing on by the mill, we soon come to George S. Ro- 
bie*s. Here Stephen Prescott, from Hampton, built a house 
in the woods, about 1775- Some years later he raised abar- 
^ rel of potatoes, which was then thought a great, crop. 
Stephen Osgood, a grandson, flourished there, and for years 
he put much in motion in this part of the town. — Crossing 
the railroad, just before getting to the main road, is a cel- 
lar ; also the remains of an orchard. Ebenezer Cram, aft- 
erwards Deacon, came from Hampton Falls, in 1768, and 
located here. His brother Benjan^in located where Jo- 
siah B. Cram lives ; another brother, John, on Mr. Moul- 
ton*s place near the Gove school-house. Afterwards, John 
and Ebenezer changed farms. John, in time, moved to 

Passing Capt. S. Gove's, a large willow tree is seen ; not 
beautiful, not symmetrical like the poplar of Lombardy, but 
it has a history. More than ninety years ago, Maj. Norris, 
who lived near what is now known as Epping Corner, came 
with his wife to this place. The latter brought a willow 
stick for a whip, in her hand, which was stuck in the ground 
where James F. Gove's house is. It grew and some twenty 


years later, James Norris built there, cut down the tree and 
set up a part of the trunk for a hitching post. Tlie present 
tree which is i6 feet in circumference, came from that. 

Easterly of the school-house, where the old road was, lived 
Joseph White. A man up north, Capt. John FuUonton, 
lost his wife, who charged him, before her death, not to mar- ' 
ry Molly, who lived at Dca. Cram's. The man thus charg- 
ed had a mind to do so, however; and at dusk the 
Captain would be seen wending his way to where Molly 
lived. Mr. White, knowing the case, thought to frighten 
him out of it. So one night, as the Captain was already in 
the door-yard, anticipating an interview with his intended 
bride. White appeared, wrapped in a sheet as if the ghost 
of the departed wife from the graveyard below. The Cap- 
tain did not believe in witches, hobgoblins or ghosts. He 
was aware that **true love does not run smooth,** but will 
run regardless of difficulties. Molly he meant to have in 
spite of the devil and all his works, so he gave chase. 
White fled, carrying the sheet on his arm and ran home for 
fear of a beating. 

Lieut. Jona. Dearborn, from Stratham, who came here 
about 1763, built what is now the ell of R. R. Rundlett's 
house. Oilman Folsom purchased his place more than 35 
years ago. Mechanics had lived there, and the farm had 
been neglected so that it looked like **the vineyard of the 
slothful," but it has been changed to great productiveness. 
It cost him some $1,600. Garden seeds have been among 
the chief products. The Nursery and other parts have been 
extensive. Mr. Folsom and son are doing much business. 
The house cost $3,000 when work and materials were 

Just north of Capt. Tilton's road lived Benj. Fox, — after- 
wards north of Oak Hill. Down the back road, near Ep- 
ping line, lived Joseph and Moses Cass. Some confidently 
believe the late Oen. Lewis Cass was son of one of these. 
The Oeneral was born, however, in Exeter, and his father 


was Jonathan Cass. Eliphalet Folsom came from Exeter, 
and settled where Capt. Tilton lives, in 1770. His brother 
John dwelt at the foot of Oak Hill. On the Hill, besides 
Holman, already named, lived Jacob Smith, who moved 
from Epping to Nottingham, then here. The Abbotts have 
a large dwelling on the place. Half a mile above, where 
Mr. Ham lives, John Bachelder had a house of which the 
V fire-place formed a considerable part. It would take in a 
backlog five feet long and two feet in diameter, a forestick 
six feet long, and other wood to match, in all nearly a cord. 
Mr. B. was from Hampton Falls. 

Let us now turn south and descend the hill. Near its foot, 
Daniel Pevere, from Hampton Falls, early settled. On the 
place where J. Corson once lived, Moses Sanborn resided. 
John Brown, father of Joseph, came later with his father 
' John, from Hamptpn. A few rods north of Harriman's 
lived John Montgomery, from Ireland. Asa Harriman, a 
native of Rowley , Mass., came from Epping about 1783, 
Opposite the Harriman house, Nath'l Dudley, son of the 
Judge, built. After he left, James Dudley occupied the 
place for a time, then moved to the Branch. This house 
was moved, and the lower story is that owned of late by 
Mrs. Sherburn Blake. East, in the Blake field, lived Benj* 

Reuben Tilton, from Hampton Falls, came to where Dud- 
ley Harriman lived for years, about 1770. John Stevens 
came here not far from the same time, we think a little ear- 
lier. Joseph Fisk and son now own the farm. Stevens* 
first house was back towards the river, afterwards the old 
Stevens house on the road. We do not know where Ste- 
vens was from, but his wife was a sister of Thomas Norris, 
who lived at the eastern base of Jones' Hill, in Epping. 
The family was industrious. Mrs. S. with careful fore- 
thought for future want, had secreted quite a sum of specie, 
which was found after her decease, in 1815, in a bed. 


We arrive at the Baptist church. Time fails to go up 
west. Where Griffin's mill is, a saw-mill was built, "we 
think by some of the Dudley's. Joseph Dudley, brother of 
the Judge, lived there, also a Mr. Wells. The cellars re- 

Where David Griffin owns, Alexander McClure settled. 
His son Alexander lived on the late Martha McClure's place, 
beyond the "Long Hill," which is rightly named. Hon. J. 
D. Philbrick, a native of Deerfield, great grandson of Judge 
t)udley, late Superintendent of Public Schools in Bpston, 
has spoken of it as seeming very long to him when young 
and visiting at the late Gen. Tucker's. More difficult per- 
haps than he afterward found the ''Hill of Science." But 
for many years S. B. Martin, who drove stage between Con- 
cord and Portsmouth, preserved here as everywhere his 
sunny face while the horses tugged up the hill ; also 
Brown, with his baggage wagons, carrying heavy articles' 
of freight oyer the same route. 

Nicholas Gilman, from Kingston, grandfather of B. B. 
Gilman, early settled where another grandson, Phineas, 
now lives. His first dwelling was in the woods, a large 
camp across the road, by the side of a great rock which is 
still there. 

Sam'l Dudley, at the west end, has already been named. 
Afterwards the Judge and Moses Dudley, Esq. A fuller 
account of all will be iound in the Biography. Isaac Tuck- 
er, grandfather of tlie late Barnard and Gen. H. Tucker, 
went first from Philadelphia to Portsmouth, thence to this 
place about the time of the Revolution. Daniel Richard- 
son, the ancestor of several of that name here, was from 
Newbury Old Town, about 1765. 

Caleb Smith lived in the Dudley district. He was chosen 
one of the Selectmen. The place was new, but not new 
enough for his enterprising spirit. Usually, ** westward 
the star of empire takes its way," but with him it was north- 


ward. So he struck for the region beyond the White 
Mountains, called the ''Upper Cohos." He, with another 
Smith, pierced through an almost impenetrable forest to 
where they had obtained a grant of land for a town, which 
they named Piercy. The land was very rough, so much 
so, they thought Satan had, or might have had, something 
to do with it; and an abrupt ledge was named "The Devirs 
Sliding Place." The time Smith went there was in 1788. 
The name Piercy has since been changed to Stark. 

But we return to the Center and take a south-westerly 
course. Near the Gile school-house lived Jesse Gile, from 
Haverhill, Mass., and at the right, David Brown, from 
Chester. John Leavitt early settled nearly opposite the 
Hodgkins place. Nutter & Co's establishment is near the 
outlet of the pond. T^Vo Nutters, Barstow and Hayes form 
this company. In lands, mills, a valuable house, a dam, 
&c., about forty thousand dollars are invested. The busi- 
ness was commenced early in 1868. The principal busi- 
ness is making shooks and sugar boxes for the West India 
trade. Wood is also cut for the market. 

Manoah Scribner, from Fremont, came to the Scribner 
place about 178?. A Mr. Palmer lived at the north-west of 
the pond, and Jonathan Smith, father of Dean Smith, had 
a log house near Healey*s Mountain. Asa Heath lived 
northerly of the Green, and Samuel Healey in the vicinity. 

Jonathan Woodman came from Candia early in the pres- 
ent century. He was a descendant of Peter Woodman, 
who lived at Kingston nearly 150 years ago. But we are 
now in the Lane district, and stop near Eben C. Osgood's. 
We feel somewhat as Volney did when sitting down amid 
the ruins he explored in the course of three years in Egypt 
and Syria. "Here," he said, *'once flourished noble cities.** 
And here, say we, once flourished a fine hamlet of peaceful 
citizens. In a circle of a mile or so, twelve or fifteen cel- 
lars are found. Here were industry, honest toil and social 
bliss. Here too were conflict and sorrow, and we would 


fain believe that stricken, riven hearts breathed to the God 
of storms and tempests, their woes. 

Read, ladies, as we pass on, Macauley's account of the 
troubles of James II. late in his reign, and how when he 
found he must lose his throne, he threw the key of state 
from London bridge, and fled to France. And how Philip 
II. of Spain let the Protestants perish by persecution, as 
recorded by Prescott. 

But we come to the Lane* district. John, from Rye, came 
to Chester, a mile south of here in 1749. ^^ owned land 
here, and on it his sons settled; Nathan where the late Dea. 
Wason lived, Ezekiel where Ezekiel, a grandson, lived, 
Daniel where Henry lived, David where the Deacon resides, 
and Jonathan where David lives. Dea. Wason was from 
Chester, about 1800. Matthias Haines lived in the Wa- 
son district. The Abbotts in town descended from Ephraim, 
from Fremont, who lived on the Bye road to the Green. 

Returning, we leave the Nay road on the right. An ac- 
count of the first Nay is in another place. The road down 
there has matters of interest, but if we go down we shall 
suddenly reach the woods, where the road ends. Below, on 
the east path to the Branch, are three cellars. 

On the road east of the Gile school-house, settled the .- 
Bachelders, from Hampton Falls ; Josiah where Hazen 
lives, Jonathan at the house below, David farther down. 
South of Hazen Bachelder s lived Samuel Peavey. The 
Kimballs were from Exeter, the grandfather and father of 
the present Kimball on that road. 

>». At the Center, we turn down by Moulton's. Josiah, the 
first who settled here, was from Hampton Falls. Further 
down, where the road divides, lived Henry Thresher, who 
came from Hampton about 1775. His son David followed, 
but afterward moved to Candia where a son of his, Henry, 
now lives. 

Thus our exploration ends. All has been narrated that 
could be without occupying too many pages. As a whole, 


the tour was interesting. We fancy readers are saying, as 
did Cowper, at the close of the poem on John Gilpin's ride : 

" And when they next do rido abroad, 
May we bo tliero to see/' 


. In 1750, the number of inhabitants must have been small, 
perhaps from fifty to one hundred. It does not appear that 
tlie Indian war-whoop was heard, yet, in towns near, there 
were terrible alarms. There were garrison houses in 
Chester. In 1725, the Indians came there and took Thom- 
as Smith and John Carr. They started for Canada, 
but after traveling thirty miles, the captives escaped 
and returned to the garrison. There was also a garrison 
on the Square in Nottingham, but in 1752, while some were 
in their own houses, the savages came and killed a Mr. 
Beard, Mr. Folsom, and Mrs. Simpson. 

In Epping were three garrisons, one of which was at the 
foot of Jones' hill, where Mrs. Rhoda Murray lives. Capt. 
John FuUonton, who lived in Epping, afterwards in this 
town, remembered when people carried their guns to meet- 
ing on the Sabbath, stacked them near, and placed a senti- 
nel over them to give alarm if trouble came. Guns were 
also carried to the fields where labor was performed. 

The fears and alarms of those who lived here then, can 
only be conjectured. But they had brave hearts and strong 
hands. Cottages were erected ; the forest gave way before 
the woodman's ax; what were ** range- ways" were made 
paths for teams ; and a highway cast up where was only 
the hunter's trail. The magic touch of civilization changed 
all ; **the wilderness and solitary place were made glad," 
and there were songs of praise to God. In 1763, the last 
Indian war ended. 


The first laid out by Chester, in what is now Raymond, 


was March lo, 1748. It began near where Mr. Knowles 
now lives in Chester,and followed a path through the Branch 
district to what is now Fremont line, below J. Elliott's. 

Sept. 22, 1749. From a road on the north of what is 
now Chester, to Wason district to Candia line. This pass- 
ed' a saw-mill called Chatauga, a corruption of an Indian 
word signifying foggy place. 

May 5, i7So« From below Marden's in Chester, into 
Raymond, east of the Dean Smith place, called the Todd 

May 5, 1750. Near Osgood True's, by what is called 
the Dudley place, to where Horace Whitticr lives. 

Aug. 21, 1752. Fremont line to Freetown Mills. 

Oct. 18, 1757. North of Capt, Tilton's road by the gate 
that hung near Oilman Folsom's, by Timothy Osgood's to 
Epping line. 

June 12, 1759. From Freetown Mills, by the Center, to 
Dudley's mill, in the west part. 

June 12, I7S9-. From Oilman Folsom's, over Oak Hill 
to Nottingham line. 

June 13, 1759- Freetown Mill lo school-house near Tim- 
othy Osgoods. 

June 14, 1760. Outlet of Jones' pond to Center. 

Sept. 3, 1760. Dudley's Mill to Candia line near Mr. 

Dec. 9, 1761. Page road. 

March 24, 1763. North side of Chester to where Henry 
D. Lane lately lived. 


There were no schools before the incorporation, and very 
few, if any, books, except the Bible. Drunkenness was 
nire, and there was less profanity in proportion to the people 
than now. In the time of which we speak, about 1760, 
there were inhabitants in the different sections of the town, 


but dwellings were often among thick trees or near dense for- 
ests. The sun and moon could not be seen at rising or set- 
ting. It was in some sense, '^the state of nature." But 
Pope says, — 

**Nor think in naturc^s stato they blindly trod. 
The state of nature was the reign of God.** 

Numbers went to church, the distance not preventing. 
Some went to Chester, eight or ten miles, to hear Rev. E. 
Flagg, and others, from the Lane district, went about the 
same distance to the Presbyterian meeting, to hear Rev. J. 
Wilson, in the part of Chester now called Auburn. 


The voters went to Chester to the annual Town Meeting, 
which was held in March as now, but earlier in the month. 
It was held in the church, which stood near where the 
Academy now stands. No one here was elected selectman 
before the separation. In 1752, Benj. Bean was chosen 
surveyor of highways, and deer inspector in 1757* In 
1759, Josiah Fogg was constable. In 1760, Samuel Dud- 
ley was surveyor of highways, who, as such, built a bridge 
over the river near D. Pecker's, for which Chester refused 
to pay ; but he sued the town and recovered costs. In 1761, 
Robert Page was surveyor of highways. In 1762, Benj. 
Bean was constable ; Wadley Cram, surveyor of highways ; 
James Fullonton, tithingman, and Samuel Dudley, deer 

The meanness of office-seeking was not then known. 
Such offices as these, conferred on good and true men, sat- 
isfied the highest ambition. Then men, if chosen to places 
of trust, honored them by a faithful performance . of 


The place having been named Freetown about fifty years, 
it is a little singular that it was not retained when incorpo- 



rated. Taking a new and classical one, shows that there 
were minds not disposed to tread all the timein one path, 
but capable of thinking and advancing. 

Raymond, in German, means **quiet place." In the 
Teutonic, which was the ancient German, their descend- 
ants the Dutch, Anglo-Saxons^ and Scandinavians, it was 
reiuy pure, and mund^ mouth. In Gaelic, that is, the High- 
landers of Scotland, it is ray, luster, and in French, monde^ 
world. The lustrous, luminous, or shining world. 

The last definition probably gave the surname Raymond. 
Persons bore the name in England and long have in our 
country. In England, the surname Raymond, without 
doubt, became the name of tlie residence of those bearing 
it. It is the name of a town in Norfolk County, England. 

As above defined, the name is quite interesting. We 
trust it will be the name of the place while tlie world shall 
stand ; and sincerely hope the virtues and intelligence of 
the people will be pure, lustrous and shining, like the name. 

Six states, b;isidcs New Hanip., have towns of this name. 
They are Maine, Miss., Min., Iowa, Wis., and Kansas. 
Ohio and Pennsylvania have it plural, — Raymonds. W. 
Va. has Raymond City. 



Draw a diagram some three inches by three, then divide 
it by a line east and west, then,, from the middle of this, 
draw one north, and there will be a view of the situation 



when measures were taken to have what is now Raymond 


now Candia. 

now Raymond. 

Chester was about the southern half. Charmingfare, 
about to be made Candia, the west half of the other divis- 
ion. Face the west with the page before you, to have the 
right idea. It should be said, however, that the territory 
was not an exact square as in the diagram, nor regular in 
its boundaries. The figure is an outline to represent the 
situation. It was natural that the other half of the north 
division should be made a town, especially if the popula- 
tion and other requisites warranted it. This was judged to 
be the case, and at a town meeting held in Chester, proba- 
bly called for the purpose, Jan. 26, 1764, it was ** Voted 
consent that the part called Freetown be incorporated into a 
distinct Parish." It has already been seen why this part 
was called Freetown ; and the name *'01d Hundreds" was 
applied to the lots here, after the survey in 1727. 


The next thing in order was to send a Petition to the 
Governor and Provincial Assembly. This was dated March 
1,1764. It was addressed — '*Tohis Excellency Benning 
Wentworth Esq. Governor and Commander-in-Chief over 
his Majestie's Province of New Hampshire ; To the Hon'ble 
His Majestie's Council, and Hon'ble House of Representa- 
tives in General Assembly convened." We preserve the 
spelling, also the capitals, but omit the Petition at length. 
In it the name Freetown is written thus, — ''freetown.** 

We give the names of the petitioners. It will show who 
were here then, and also that some of the family names 
continue now. The spelling is as in the Petition, and, 
by the way, it is frequent in town histories to do this, 
with the use of capital letters as appear in record of votes 
and all documents. We shall do this only occasionally 
as specimens of the early manner of writing. 


Daniel Gordon, Jr., Daniel Jorden, [ Gordon ] 

Daniel Holman, John Cram, 

Elisha Towle, Alexander Mel, [ McClure, ] 

Jonathan Brown, Stephen Fogg, 

Simeon Berry, Benjamin Smith, 

Noah moulton, James Fullonton, 

Wadlcigh Cram, Samuel Cram, 

Joseph gigilcs, [ Giles, ] John Stevens, 

Daniel Lane, Jonathan Dearborn, 

Ezekiel Lane, Benia Bean, [Benjamin] 

David Lane, Curtis Bean, 

Nathan Moulton, Isaac Clifford, 

Josiah Fogg, Paul Smith Marston, 

Daniel Clay, Benjamin Prescott, 

Stephen marden, John Fullonton, 

Obadiah Griffin, John Wells, 

Moses Sanborn, John Prescott Downs, 


Caleb Rowe, William Todd, 

Robert Page, Timothy Clough, 

John Sweet, Ezekiel Smith, 

Daniel Robie, David Bean, 

James Clay, Alexander Smith, 

Stephen Wilson, Barton Pollard, 

Jethro Bachelder, David Bean, Jr., 

Benj. Whittier, Nathaniel Ethridge, 

Clement Dollof, Enoch Fogg. 

New Hampshire was then a Colony under the govern- 
ment of Great Britain. The governor was appointed by the 
king. There was a Council of about twelve, and a House 
of Representatives of some thirty. 

The petition passed the House, May 4, 1764, and was 
signed, Henry Sherburn, Speaker. May 9, it passed the 
Council, and was signed, — ^T'heodorc Atkinson, Jr., Secre- 
tary. The same day it was approved by the governor as fol- 
lows : — "Consented to, B. Wentworth." 

Samuel Emerson was authorized by the Act of Incorpo- 
ration to call the first meeting for the election of officers. 
It was held at Benj. Bean's inn, opposite where Widow John 
Bean lately lived. May 29, 1764. The following is a list of 
officers chosen : 

Moderator, — Samuel Dudley. 

Town Clerk,— Ezekiel Smith. 

Constable, — Benj. Whittier. 

Selectmen, — Caleb Rowe, Samuel Dudley, Robert Page. 

Auditors and Assessors, — Stephen Fogg, Joseph Dudley, 
Ezekiel Lane. 

Surveyors of Highways, — Josiah Fogg, Jona. Dearborn, 
Joseph Dudley, Simon Bayard, Clement Dolloff. 

Haywards, — Stephen Thurston, Jona. Dearborn, Joseph 
Smith, Curtis Bean, Samuel Philbrick, Diiniel Scribner. 

or RAYMOND. 37 

Tithingmen, — James FuUonton, N. Ethridge, Moses 
Whittier, Joseph Dudley. 

Deer Inspectors, — John Sweatt, John Stevens. 
Surveyors of Lumber, — Benj. Bean, Alexander Smith. 
Pound keeper, — John Smith. 

•• Voted to hold the annual meeting on the first Monday 
in Mardh for time to come." 

Voted to build a Pound between Benj. Bean's orchard and 
the mill. 

The Pound was soon built of wood north of where Wid- 
ow John Bean lately lived, on the east side of the road. 

At a meeting held June ii, voted to raise 1200 pounds 
Old Tenor for the use of the town. About $60.00. 

1765. April I, voted that the rates of those persons 
who had run away, be allowed to the constable. Men were 
chosen to office for the public good, and in some cases, at 
least, it appears that the honor of the office was a sufficient 
reward, for, on a proposition to see if one pound be paid to 
the constable for collecting the taxes the past year, it passed 
in the negative. 

1766. Jedediah Brown was chosen constable, but rather 
than serve without pay, he preferred to pay another for serv- 
ing ; so he hired John Fullonton, giving him two pounds, 
five shillings ; afterwards the town voted to pay it. 

1767. The first census was taken by the selectmen. It 
was as follows : Unmarried men, between the ages of six- 
teen and sixty, twenty-one. Married, between sixteen and 
sixty, seventy-eight. Boys, of sixteen and under, one hun- 
dred and thirty-two. Men, of sixty and above, three. Fe- 
males unmarried, one hundred and thirty-four. Females 
married, eighty-one". Slaves, none. Widows, six. Total, 
four hundred and fifty-five. 

March 3. Henry Flood and family needed support by the 
town, an3 the maintenance of them was set up at vendue at 
the close of the town meeting. 


1768. Attention was turned to the building of a meeting 
house. But the difficulty was to agree on a place for it. 
Jan. 25, it was voted to build. Enoch Fogg entered his 
dissefit'against the vote. Voted to set it near David Bach- 
eldor's house. This was west of York's corner. 

There was dissatisfaction about the location, and at the 
annual meeting, March 7, it was moved to revoke.the vote 
in regard to the place. It was negatived. April 4, it was 
tried again and prevailed. Then voted that it set between 
Lieut. Benj. Bean's and the pound. This was north of 
where Widow John Bean lately lived, on the east side of the 
road. The following entered their names in dissent : — Eze- 
kiel Lane, Daniel Lane, David Lane, Obadiah Griffin, E. 
Morse, D. Clay, Samuel Healey, Wm. Todd, W. S. Hea- 
ley, Ephraim Currier, James Rowe, John Palmer, Barton 
Pollard. — Sept. 22, it was tried to revoke this last vote, but 
it was negatived. The south-west people were so dissatis- 
fied that it was acted upon to see if a portion there be set off 
to Chester. This was negatived. 

Number of resident tax payers, ninety-nine. Highest, 
James Moore, about fifteen dollars in the present currency. 

1769. Daniel Robie was chosen constable and would not 
accept. He was excused by paying a fine of twenty shil- 

Such was the division as to where the meeting house was 
to stand, nothing was done in erecting it. A petition was 
sent to the Provincial Assembly to locate it. The result 
was, **That we think the site of the Meeting House at the 
westerly End of Lott No. 37 Laid out to Samuel Shaw at a 
place called Sled Hill will best accommodate said Parish." 
This was a little east of Mr. Hazen Bacheldor's. Some 
timber was soon drawn to the place, it is said, the town 
having voted to accept. 

1770. At the town meeting, March 5, an article to 
see if the town would choose a committee to build the meet- 


ing house on the spot fixed by the Provincial Assembly, 
passed in the negative. 

1771. The State was divided into counties* Ours was 
named Rockingham, in honor of an Earl in England by 
that name. The matter of building a meeting house.. was 
abandoned, and at the March meeting a committee of five 
was chosen to take care of the timber that had been got 

1772. Highest tax payer, Josiah Fogg, his tax being 
I £, ios.,4d. 

1773. It was determined to have a meeting house. The 
town meetings had invariably been held at Lieut. Benj. 
Bean's, and what preaching was had on the Sabbath was 
either there, or at David Bacheldor's. To harmonize all 
views as to its location, it was proposed to set it near the 
center. The geographical center, it was found, was about 
in the river just back of where Horatio D. Page lately lived. 
The river then covered the meadows there, and was quite 
an expanse of water. April 12, it was voted to set it as 
near the center of the parish as may be. Then voted to 
set it on Pitch Pine Plain at the easterly side of Freetown 
Pond. Probably this was near H. D. Page's house. The 
vote was disputed, and then, by poll of the meeting, it was 
confirmed, 43 to 15. Voted that it be 45 by 35 feet, with 
post 21 feet. The building was to be put up, boarded, 
shingled, window frames put in, and underpinned in one 
year. For this purpose, Nicholas Gilman, Elisha Towle, 
and Ezekiel Lane were chosen a committee. 

1774. June 6, Voted to revoke all former votes relative 
to the place of building the meeting house. Voted to set it 
near Stephen Gale's, on the great road. This was at what 
is now the Village. Stephen Gale lived just back of where 
the house of W. B. Blake stands. Twenty-one entered 
their names in dissent of this vote. They lived mostly in 
the south-west, and at the Branch district. 

In the autumn, Sept. 29, the frame was raised. It stood 


easterly of where the town house now stands, near where 
the pound lately was. The raising was a great aflfair. 
Many assembled. The town paid Ebenezer Cram three 
shillings for a bushel of meal for the raising, and Robert 
Page seventeen shillings, five pence for rum, sugar and fish. 
The building committee were Benj. Cram, John Dudley and 
Robert Page. Seventy-five pounds had been appropriated 
by the town to expend on the house. 

1775. Jan. 16, John Dudley and Jona. Swain were chosen 
Deputies to a convention at Exeter to choose delegates to 
the Continental Congress, to be held in Philadelphia, May 

March 6, a vote was taken to see if the meeting house 
frame should be removed to some other place. Negatived. 
On an article in the warrant to see if a portion of the south- 
west should be set off to Chester, negatived. 

The war with England came on. Nothing more was 
done on the meeting house ; and some time after, the frame 
was taken down and used in building a bridge near Mr. 

April 24, John Dudley and Jona. Swain, chosen to meet 
the committee appointed by a Provincial Convention, said 
committee to hold a session in Exeter to consult for our 

May 4, voted to enlist ten men with arms and ammuni- 
tion. Capt. Eiisha Towle volunteered his services. Voted 
that he enlist nine others. Voted that Capt. Towle have 
three pounds, twelve shillings per month, if called into the 
service, and each man one pound, sixteen shillings. Voted 
three pounds for ammunition, if it shall be wanted. 

The census was taken this year. Males under sixteen, 
187. From sixteen to fifty, not in the army, 120. Above 
fifty, 24. In the army, 18. Females, 334. Total popula- 
tion, 683. 

1777. Soldiers were called for, and John Dudley, Esq., 
was active in inducing several to enlist. May 19, voted to 


raise six hundred dollars to add to the bounty of those that 
shall enlist in the Continental service for three years. 

Sept. 15, the re-building of Dudley's bridge, (now Peck- 
er's) was bid off by Ithiel Gordon at one hundred and four 

1779. Capt. Benj. Whittier and Capt. John FuUonton 
were chosen to enlist five men to serve during the war. 

1780. May 19, was noted for what has since been called 
the ''dark day." It was necessary to light candles in the 
day-time; the birds ceased their songs, and all was gloomy. 

1784. The war had ended the year previous, and a con- 
vention had framed a constitution for the State, which was 
accepted by a large portion of the towns. The Chief Mag- 
istrate for a few years, was called President. March i, 
was the annual meeting. But thirty-two votes were cast, all 
for Meshech Weare, the successful candidate for President 
of the State. 

1785. For a meeting house again, the matter having 
rested about ten years. 

Aug. 29, voted to build. Chose Jona. Swain, David Lane^ 
Nathaniel Dudley and Benj. Cram a committee to decide 
where it should set. Voted, if they could not agree, they 
add a fifth, and the major part decide. It is not known 
what this committee did. Sept. 1$, voted to set it on James 
George's land, near Cider Ferry road. This was a little 
north-easterly of H. D. Page's place. Chose, as a com- 
mittee to build the house, Daniel Norris, Samuel Nay, Ca- 
leb Smith, Benj. Cram, Levi Swain and Clement DoUoff. 
Voted one hundred and twenty pounds lawful money 
towards building the house. 

The house was raised June 14, 1786. James Merrill, one 
of the selectmen, furnished a barrel of rum for the occasion, 
for which the town paid 3 £, 5 s., 6 d. 

42 TlIB niSTORT 


A chnrch to rniso In Rijmond town ; 
A crowd comes Uicre from niilcs around, — 
Old men, jonng men and barefoot boys ; 
The frame is largo, a host employs. 


The broadsides man, the brcailtli and length ; 
Our fiitlicrs were of giant strength ; 
Up, up, Uie sides go, firm they stand. 
The promise is a building gnind. 

Bring on the girts, tlie braces, beams. 
Boys, tlirow aloft the f*istcning pins ; 
Tlie rafters neit and purlins long. 
The ridge-pole last ; — the frame is strong. 

A barrel of New England mm 
Was furnished by the Sulcclmen ; 
All drank three times, the story*s great, 
I s*|Miso *twas for '*lho stomach^s sako.^ 

Since then the tnith has worked *'like leaven ;** 
Reform has come, thank gracious Heaven ; — 
Let all respect themselves and shun 
The **liquid fire," the tippler^s doom. 

1786. On the 20th of Sept., a party of about two hun- 
dred, from towns mostly in this vicinity, went to Exeter and 
surrounded the meeting house in which the legislature was 
convened, demanding the issue of paper money to relieve 
the pressure of the times. As night came on, the citizens 
called for artillery, shouted for the government, and the dis- 
contents, armed with guns, swords, scythes, whips and 
clubs, fled a mile. The next morning, the militia in good 
force, led by Gen. Cillej', of Nottingham, dashed in upon 
them, captured several and led them to jail, before entering 
which, they were obliged to walk through the crowd with 
their hats under their arms. A few of these were from this 
town. Before they went, they tried to get the town powder. 
It was at Benj. Cram's, who had placed it in his bam. 


They c<illed on him, but he would not tell where it was. 
The next night it was carried to Robert Page's. 

17S8. The town meetings had, up to this time, a period 
of twenty-three years, been held at Benj. Bean's. Now the 
meeting house was so far completed that it was called there. 
It was held March 3d. A Moderator and Town Clerk were 
chosen. But somehow the cilizcns could not ^^gct the 
hang' of voting there ; so it was voted to adjourn to Lieut. 
Bean's at four o'clock. Lieut. Bean kept tavern, but, as in- 
temperance did not prevail then as afterward, a little liquor 
being taken when it was warm to keep cool, and when cool 
to keep warm, it need not be said the tavern was the most 
attractive place for town meeting. 

At this election, John Langdon was chosen Governor, or 
President as he was then called. But here many thought, 
and very justly, that a gentleman of the town was most 
worthy of the office. This was John Dudley, Esq. ; so 22 
voted for him. All others had 23. 

Dec. 15, votes were cast for the first time for electors of 
President and Vice President. But 30 voted, 29 of whom 
voted for John Dudley, Esq., as one of the electors. 

1790. Tried to have a town meeting in the meeting 
house again, Jan. i8th. A Moderator was chosen, and 
they voted to adjourn to the 25th, at Lieut. Bean's. At the 
adjourned meeting, pew No. i, being at the right of the 
front door, was bid off by Benj. Cram at sixty-three dollars. 

1793. Glass had been furnished for windows of the meet- 
ing house. 

The constitution of the State had been revised the pre- 
vious year, and the Chief Magistrate called Governor. This 
year sixty-five votes cast for Governor, were for Josiah Bart- 
lett, of Kingston, who was elected. 

It had been voted previously that if *any did not wish to 
be taxed to support a minister, they should have their names 
recorded as dissenting, by the town clerk. At the March 
meeting, the following entered their names : — Samuel Chap- 



man, David Thresher, Stephen Prescott, Josiah Brown, 
Daniel Towle, Jona. Oilman, Theophilus Levering, John 
Fox, Moses Dudley, James Dudley, Enoch Osgood, Daniel 
Dudley and John Leavitt. A few days later, Moses San- 
born gave the town clerk four half coppers to enter his and 
another person's dissent. 

It should be understood that at this period, and for many 
years after, there was a very free use of spirituous liquors. 
Not only did persons themselves use them, but a sort of gen. 
erosity was in practice of treating others to them. The fol- 
lowing bill of the Selectmen this year will give an idea of 
the practice. It was charged to the town, and it must be 
evident that when the selectmen met for business, a portion 
oi the liquor used must have been in treating those who 
came in. 

Selectmen dr. this 20th day of march, 1793. 
To two mugs Flip, - - - -018 

April 6, to one-half pint of Brandy, - - o o 10 

22 and 23, to one Bole and Half Egg Tody, 016 
May 23d, to Five dinners and three pints Brandy 

and Bating two Horses, - - o 8 10 

24, To Six dinners three pints Brandy and 

Bating two horses, - - -098 

May 28, To three dinners Bating Two Horses and 

Bole of milk Tody, - 
July 23, To one Bole Brandy Tody, 
Sept. 23, *« **«««*--. 

26, By one Quart Rum, - - - 
Feb. 13, 17941 By one mug Flip, 

24, By one mug Flip, - - - - 

March 3, To expenses for the day, 

The town paid the bill. 2 10 

















1797. Now another contest about the location of the 
meeting house. It had been built near the local center of 
the town, but that did not prove the center of business, or 
where all were best accommodated. So, May 22, voted fif- 
ty-one to thirty-seven to move it to what is now the Village. 
On a motion to reconsider this vote, it was negatived, fifty- 
two to forty. Voted to raise four hundred dollars to move 
the house and obtain the land. This prevailed fifty-two to 

At a meeting, held June 19, to see if the town would re- 
voke the vote to move the house, it was negatived fifty-nine 
to fifty-seven. On revoking the vote to raise the money, it 
was negatived fifty-eight to fifty-five. The parties were 
nearly balanced, and the excitement was intense. 

The opposition was continued, but was met by a more de- 
cisive vote, Oct. 7, when on a proposition to revoke all votes ' 
about moving the house, it was negatived sixty-five to fifty- 
six. On that of revoking the vote to raise the money, it 
was negatived sixty-six to fifty-six. 

Not much remained now, but for the opposition to yield. 
Preparations were made to move the house. This was in 
October. The work looked difiicult. The road from the 
Page place to where the Village now is, was not so direct as 
now. One speaks of it as crooked as a ram's horn. Down 
near the Center was a sort of causeway through the low 
ground. But stalwart men with strong hearts were here. 
A religious zeal is equal to almost any emergency. 

We haive said that the opposition greatly subsided after 
the last votes of the town. There is a traditional account, 
that some in the south and south-west, in the minority in 
voting, were disposed to try the strength of prayer, and 
banded together for this purpose, hoping that the most High 
might in some way defeat the removal, or, if not, make it 
so difficult that those in favor of it should feel that He was 
against it. But more of this a little further on. 

Large stringers were placed under it, the glass, &c.| re- 


moved, and the day came for removal. Men, women and 
children congregated in large numbers to see **the Taber- 
nacle in the wilderness" moved to its final resting place. 
Gen. Joseph Cilley, of Nottingham, was superintendent. 
The teams of oxen were in place, and Rev. Peter Holt» of 
Epping, standing near the front door, offered prayer. 

And now a scene followed worthy of being painted on 
canvas. Let us look with eyes like eagles and we shall 
have a pretty good view of it. 

What a team of oxen ! Eighty pair. Yokes not so fin- 
ished as now. Men all along the lines with goads having 
pointed iron brads in the ends. The animals are patient, 
hard workers, and are now waiting for the command of 
their owners. 

Gen. Cilley stood at the end of the building. He was a 
man of deep feelings, commanding and earnest in action. 
In the Revolution at Saratoga, where Ihirgoyne surrender- 
ed, he had led men through dust and blood to victory. He 
seems now almost proud of his command over men, oxen, 
and virtually over the meeting house, judged to be in the 
wrong place. 

'He breaks the stillness of the moment. With a voice 
that rings along the lines, he says, aloud, **A11 ready 1" 
"All togetlierl** ''Forward I" Teamsters swin^j their 
goads. Some of their words are not in the dictionary, but 
they understand them, and perhaps the oxen do. The ox- 
en have names. There are Swan and Line and Spark and 
Star and Duke. There are others, and a poet comes to call 
their names, and the language teamsters use in driving 

**Haw Buck, ge Bright, ge Bawny, ge o'." The build- 
ing starts and there is gladness and triumph. It goes only 
a few feet; chains snap apart. Gen. Cilley shouts, "Wiioa !** 
Drivers say, "Whoa hish ^ 

All in order and forward they go. Chains break, but 
the}' advance so that in a few hours some thirty rods are 



gone over. The house is out towards where the pound now 
is, and one of the stringers breaks on undulating ground. 
No more progress till there is a new one. The word is, 
* 'Dismissed till to-morrow morning." 

Now about those who prayed against the removal. It is 
related they felt they had success. The Egyptians under 
Pharaoh, pursuing the Israelites, found difficulty. **Their 
chariot wheels came oft' and they drave heavily." It was 
not much better now. Those moving this house ** drave 
heavily" and finally not at all. The thought was, perhaps, 
if they go on, they will get fast in the morass down further, 
and never get it on ** Pitch Pine Plain" where the common 
in the Village now is. 

Men repaired to a forest two miles away, worked all 
night, and the next morning had another stringer in place. 
Good resolution said it shall go. There were more oxen 
the second day. Some say at least one hundred and twen- 
ty pairs. Before sun-down the house was at the Center, as 
it is now called. Il fronted the direct, and was nearer to it 
than the town hall is now. The town hall is the same build- 
ing, but since reconstruction, the porches having been taken 
offif it looks much smaller than formerly. 

This house was occupied by the Congregationalists as a 
place of worship till 1834, when they erected one of their 

1798. The meeting house in its new place was not satis- 
factory, so at the annual town meeting in March, after a 
part of the business had been transacted, a vote passed to 
adjourn to Thomas Bean's. He was successor to Lieut. 
Benj. Bean. 

1800. Political parties were Federalist and Republican. 
In March, forty-four voted for J. T. Oilman for Governor, 
who was elected, he being then very popular. On calling 
a convention to revise the constitution, seventeen in favor, 
thirty-three against. 


1802. Voted to build a new pound of stone and set it 
near the meeting house, and to raise fifty dollars to build 
it. It was soon built near where Oliver Jones' bam 
now is. 

1803. A road having been made from the Center to the 
'corner below Benj. Cram's, about two hundred dollars were 
expended in building the bridge. 

1806. June 16, the interesting and wonderful phenome- 
non of a total eclipse of the sun was witnessed. The day 
was clear, and for a time nearly all eyes were turned to be- 
hold it. During about three minutes of total darkness, stars 
appeared as if night had come. 

1808. March 8, voted that twelve and one-half cents be 
paid for crows, brought to the selectmen. — Mr. Stickney 
had closed his pastorate with the Congregational church, 
and it vsias voted, fifty-seven to fifty-four, that the Baptists oc- 
cupy the meeting house half of the Sabbaths ; each society 
alternately occupying it for two months. 

1810. Friday, Jan. 19, very cold. Near the Green 
Mountains, in Vermont, thermometers gave fifty-seven de- 
grees below zero. Long after, the day was called the 
"Cold Friday." 

1814. March, for convention to revise the constitution, 
none ; against it, sixty-five. The second war with England 
was going on, and Aug. 29, voted to allow detached soldiers 
that shall be called into service, enough to make their 
wages ten dollars per month, with what the United States 
pay. Oct. 19, voted that the selectmen purchase eight guns 
and equipments for the use of the town. Voted that they 
purchase twenty-eight rounds of powder and balls and four 
flints for each soldier enrolled, and the Company of Ex- 
empts. Voted that they provide provision for three days' 
allowance and baggage wagons for the use of the militia 
when called into actual service for the defense of the State. 
This autumn, a British fleet appeared oflT Portsmouth, and 


lay there several weeks. A number were ** detached,'* 
drafted we should say now, to go to Portsmoutl^ to defend 
the place, if an attack should be made. 

1815. Sept. 23, a tremendous hurricane began early 
in the morning and lasted much of the day, prostrat- 
ing fences, forest trees and many buildings. 

1816. March, eight tithingmcn were chosen, viz. : Jona. 
Cram, Jer. Bennett, Thomas Wason, John Wallace, 
Chase Osgood, John Prescott, Daniel Lovering, Jr., Ebene- 
zer Cram, Jr. These were to take care of tliose who vio- 
lated the Sabbath. If a person traveled on that day, a tith- 
ingtnan would hasten out of church, stop him till Monday, 
and charge him the cost. The season was cold, crops poor. 

1817. Feb. 14, another *<Cold Friday.*' Several per- 
sons froze their limbs. 

One Sabbath early in Oct., there was a considerable 
earthquake. The season was cold. In May, it snowed 
most of one day. In Sept., frost damaged the unripe corn 
greatly. The times were hard, wages low and prices high. 
Hay was $25 per ton ; cider ,$3 a barrel ; corn, $2.50 a bush- 
el ; barley, $2, and other things in proportion. 

1818. It was a common tradition that winter would not 
set in till after Thanksgiving. Mr. Leavitt, in his Almanac, 
mentioned this without believing it. This year Governor 
Plumer put off Thanksgiving till the last day in Dec. The 
weather was pleasant and it was not wintry till after Thanks- 
giving. Some one hereabouts wished to have Gov. Plumer 
in office longer, and voted for him on that account. 

1820. March, on a question submitted to the voters to 
set off a part of Rockingham county to form a new one, 
none for it, one hundred and fifty-four against it. 

1821. March 13, votes for Governor, one hundred and 
thirty-four, all for Samuel Bell, who was elected without 
much opposition in the State at large. For Senator, Newell 
Healey, of Kensington, was the principal candidate, and 
was chosen. But here, the citizens were minded to honor 


one of the town, every way worthy of the office. This was 
Moses Dudley, Esq., and eighty-eight voted for him for 
Senator, thirty-one for N. Healey, and fifteen for Nathaniel 

1824, At the March election, the contest for Governor 
was animated. Levi Woodbury had been appointed Chief 
Justice of the Superior Court at the early age of twenty- 
seven, and in 1823, at the age of thirty-three, was Govern- 
or. This year D. L. Morril was a candidate in opposition 
to him. Here Morril had one hundred and twenty-seven 
votes and Woodbury one, which was cast by Moses Dudley, 
Esq. There was no choice by the people, and by the Leg- 
islative Convention, Morril was chosen. Voted in favor of 
moving the terms of the Court from Portsmouth to Exeter, 
seventy-seven, to seven. 

Nov« I, an article to see if the Baptists should occupy 
the meeting house their proportion of the time, was negatived 
fifty-four to forty-two. 

1826. March, an article to see if the town would pro- 
vide a hearse, was negatived. 

1826. There had been a controversy relative to a new 
road from the south-east comer of Deerfield, down to Col. 
E. Cram's. It had*been laid out by a committee from the 
Court of Common Pleas. Aug. 16, voted to discontinue it 
by consent of the Court, and that the Selectmen petition to 
that eftect. 

The Presidential campaign was an earnest one. The 
Electors in favor of Jackson, received here one hundred 
and twenty-three votes ; those for Adams, eighty. 

Highest tax payer, Gideon Currier, — $34.24. 

1830. It had long been customary at the close of town 
meeting for the friends of the Representative elect, to be 
treated with liquor at a place near. The Representative, or 
some one, paid for it. This year, Joseph Dudley was cho- 


sen Representative, and through his influence the practice 
was broken up. 

The road from Deerfield to Col. Cram's, since called the 
"Cilley road," was let out to be built in May. 

Just previous to this, the town was free from debt, but 
now, in consequence of expense in defending the Cilley and 
other roads, the debt was $1,700. 

1832. Those liable to do military duty were called but 
half a day in May, and also in autumn ; and then one day 
for Regimental Inspection and Review. About this time, 
there was much disaffection in the North Company of In- 
fantry. It had refused to choose oflicers. The Field Ofli- 
cers appointed a captain in Candia, extended the limits of 
the company to that place, and in May the company was 
obliged to go there for military duty. The appearance was 
not very soldierly. In the autumn at the review in Chester, 
many of them were dressed in such varied costumes that 
they might have been called "fantastics" or * 'horribles.'* 
Col. Pillsbury put an oflicer over them,and ordered them into 
a separate field, where they were subjected to a close drill 

all day. 

This game of disaffection was at length played out, and 
several of those engaged in it showed themselves as good 
soldiers as ever shouldered a musket and strapped on a 

1833. March, votes for a convention to revise the con- 
stitution, twenty ; against it, ninety. For removing the 
court from Exeter to some other part of the county, ninety- 
two ; against it, twenty. 

1834. March, for a convention to revise the constitution, 
five ; against it, eighty-three. 

1835. Soon after March meeting, the small pox broke 
out, creating much alarm. John Stickney and Mrs. Rich- 
ardson died of it The expense to the town was $187, 
and in addition $50 were paid to Dr. Gale for vaccinating 
the citizens at large. 



1836. Nov*! on the question, *<Is it expedient for the 
State to make an appropriation to aid in establishing an In- 
sane Hospital/' for it, eleven ; against it» fifty-seven. 

1838. March, for a convention to revise the constitution, 
none; against it, eighty-eight. For making town clerks 
Recorders of deeds, four ; against it, eigh^-seven. Public 
funds in bank, $2,558. This was surplus revenue, distrib- 
uted among the towns. This was afterwards taken to pay 
the town debt. 

1839. March, voted that residents, who pay their taxes 
previous to Sept. i, have four per cent, deducted. 

1841. J. Stickney Cass took all the poor, needing sup- 
port by the town, save one, for $300. 

1842. March, for a convention to revise the constitution, 
one ; against it, one hundred and two. Mr. Cass again took 
the poor for $300. Voted that cattie and horses should not 
graze in the highways. 

1843. March, Levi Page took the poor for $285. In 
this month a comet with an immense train, was seen, even- 
ings, in the west. Millerism, with the belief that the world 
would end this year, produced great excitement in many 
places, but very littie here. 

1844. March, Simon Page, Jr.> took the poor for $247. 
Nov., for a convention to revise the constitution, three; 

against it, one hundred and twenty-eight. On the question, 
**Is it expedient to abolish capital punishment?" for it, thir- 
teen ; against it, one hundred and thirteen. 

1846. Jan. II, excessively cold. At Franconia thirty- 
nine degrees below zero. Mercury froze. 

March, on the question, **Is it expedient for the Legisla- 
ture to enact a Prohibitory Liquor Law?" for it fifty-seven ; 
against it, twelve. Town debt, $950. 

1850. March, for a convention to revise the constitution, 
sixty-four ; against it, one hundred and fifty-three. Simon 
P^gG> Jr-> took the poor for $355. 

Sept. 9, the railroad from Portsmouth being completed to 


this place, the cars came as far as here for the first time. 
David Pecker was appointed depot master. Town debt, 

1851. March, Samuel Healey, Jr., contracted for the 
maintenance of the poor for $344. On accepting the amend- 
ments of the constitution as proposed by the convention, the 
votes were, in favor, from seven to twenty-six ; against it, 
from seventy-five to ninety-two. They were rejected by the 
towns at large. Town debt, $2,100. 

1852. March, Samuel Healey, Jr., agreed to maintain 
the poor for $321. 

An inventory of sheep showed the number to be 570. In 
Aug. the railroad was completed above here so that the cars 
went through to Concord. Town debt, $2,650. 

1853. March, voted to enlarge the town burying ground 
forty feet in length by sixteen in width. 

1854. March, voted to provide a hearse, and a building 
for it. J. Blake, Esq., and Jeremiah FuUonton were chos- 
en the committee to carry the vote into effect. 

1855. March, the Democrats had been in the ascenden- 
cy long, but this year, although they had a majority of sev- 
en for State officers, yet, in consequence of a division, the 
Republicans elected tlie Representative. The vote was as 
follows : 

G. Folsom, 


S. B. Gove, 


J. T. Dudley, 
W. P. Worthley, 
Joseph Blake, 



127 (no choice.) 

Second Ballot. 

J. T. Dudley, 
W. P. Worthley, 
D. Griffin, 
Joseph Blake, 



136 (elected.) 


1857. Jan. 24, very cold. At Franconia it was report- 
ed for^-nine degrees betow zero. In some other places 

1858. Thia year the old town meeting bouse was moved 
back several feet, one end turned towards the street, and 
the lower part made a town hall. And so the old form of 
this house was changed. It was a specimen of many in 
early times. We secured a view of it, and here present it. 



i860. The inventory showed 155 horses in town, and 
504 sheep. Votes for State and County oQicers : Democrats, 
169 ; Republicans, 146 ; total, 315. Over 300, for the first 

1864. This year completed a century since the town was 
incorporated. A meeting was held March 5, to consider 
the expediency of a centennial celebration. Voted to cele- 
brate the one hundredth anniversary of the incorporation. 
Voted that it be on the 4th of July. Chose a committee of 
arrangements, consisting of the following : Joseph FuUon- 

OF llAYMOND. 55 

ton, Benj. Poor, James T. Dudley, W. S- Abbott, D. N. 
Lane. March 8, at the town meeting, on motion of Benj.. 
Poor, Esq., voted that a sum of money not exceeding $ioo, 
be appropriated to aid in the expense of the celebration. 

July 4th came and the arrangements were complete. The 
day was fine. The citizens and great multitudes from other 
towns, assembled in the village. Capt. Benj. Cram was 
Chief Marshal, aided by James T. Dudley, W. B. Blake, 
S. P. Blake, Simon Page, T. M. Gould, and A. D. Dudley, 
of Candia, as Assistant Marshals. Two Companies of Mi- 
litia performed escort duty ; first, a company of Cavalry un- 
der command of Capt. J. S. James ; and a company of Ar- 
tillery under Capt. David Griffin. A band from Northwood 
was employed, and one from Candia volunteered. W. B. 
Blake, of the Chief Marshal's staff, was Adjutant of the 
military escort. 

A procession was formed in which the schools with the 
teachers had a conspicuous place. It -was conducted to a 
beautiful oak grove, fitted up for the occasion. Benj. Poor, 
Esq., was President; Rev. G. W. Sargent, as Chaplain, 
conducted the religious services. The Act of Incorporation 
was read by the Town Clerk. The historical address was 
given by W. S. Abbott, Esq. It was able and very appro- 
priate. Excellent music was furnished by the bands. At 
noon ample refreshments were served, that had been 
provided by the citizens under the direction of a committee 
of ladies, who had gone over the several districts. The 
next generation will wish to know the names of this work- 
ing committee, and especially those who shall live a centu- 
ry hence. They are as follows : Miss Melinda K. Poor, Mrs. 
Moses Lovering, Mrs. Eben. Prescott, Mrs. Simon Page, 
Mrs. Benj. Cram, Mrs. Elbridge Brown, Mrs. S. B. Gove, 
Miss Flavilla Lane, Miss Anna L. Brown, Miss Mary J. 
ITcalcy, Mrs. Jona. Woodman, Mrs. Amos Bacheldor, Miss 
Lizzie Scribner, Mrs. H. G. McClure, Miss Jane Tucker, 
Mrs. George Tripp, Miss Hannah Gilman, Mrs. Joseph 


Fisk, Mrs. W. B. Blake, Mrs. John LfOcke» Mrs. J. S. 
James, Mrs. John Bean, Mrs. John D. Brown, Mrs. Luther 
Wason, Mrs. Dudley Lane, Mrs. Elbridge Dearborn, Mrs. 
Charles W. Lane, Mrs. Joseph FuUonton. 

In the p. M., assembled again at the stand. Relics of old 
times were exhibited. Two scarlet cloaks were worn by 
ladies. Levi S. Brown appeared wearing a broad brim hat, 
coat with wide folds, deer-skin breeches, long stockings, 
&c. His wife was seen some time in the day, in the dress 
worn sixty or seventy years before. 

Next there were short speeches in response to sentiments 
from C. E. Brown of Boston, B. Chase of Auburn, S. F. 
Lemed of Chester ,A. Cass of Candia,Dr. Eastman of Hamp- 
stead, and J. D. Butler of Nottingham. 

Lastly at the stand, letters were read from the following, 
who had been invited : Gov. Gilmore, Concord ; Judge 
French, Boston ; and Ira Osgood, Esq., London. The last 
gentleman was a native. 

The services in the grove were then adjourned, by vote, 
one hundred years. The procession re-formed, marched to 
the Common in the village, and the militia were reviewed 
by Col. Sanborn, of Deerfield. In the evening there was a 
good display of fire-works. 

Thus closed a celebration well carried out and satisfacto- 
ry to all. The gathering of people was the largest ever in 
town. It was estimated by good judges at 3,000. 

Who will celebrate the next centennial ? What will be 
the history then to be narrated ? And what will be the spir- 
it and character of the performances? 

1873. It was not intended to note an)rthing for the few 
years that have passed since the centennial, but a few items 
in this year should be put on record. The town debt at 
this period was about fifty thousand dollars. The State as- 
sumed the war debt, which reduced it to about forty thou- 
sand. It was felt that something must be done. At the 
March meeting, it was voted to raise twenty thousand dol- 



lars towards paying the debt, and three thousand for inter- 
est on the debt. The addition of money for the support of 
schools, town charges, and repair of highways, paid in 
money that year, also the State and County tax, made a 
great sum. It looked difficult, but perhaps taxes were nev- 
er paid more promptly and in such good season. The Col- 
lector was Sherburn P. Blake. He showed himself effi- 
cient. He gave all to understand that the whole must be col- 
lected by the last of Feb. It was felt {hat he meant as he 
said, and it waS^ just about accomplished. And so well sat- 
isfied were the voters, that at the election in March^ i874» ^^ 
choosing Collector, it was felt there was but one mind ; and 
after three votes were cast, it was voted to close the polls. 
The state of the vote was declared thus : " Whole number, 
3* Necessary for a choice, 2. Sherburn P. Blake has 3, 
and is elected.'' All was done in about three minutes. 






1764. Sam'l Dudley, 


> Smith, 

Benj. Whittier, 

1765. John Cram, 


John Fullonton, 

1766. *< 




1767. John Dudley, 



John Stevens, 

1768. «' 


John Fullonton, 

1869. «« 


Ithiel Gordon, 

1770. John Cram, 



1771. John Dudley, 



1772. *' 


John Fullonton, 



Ithiel Gordon, 



Jona. Swain, 



Robert Page, 

1776. «< 


Ezekiel Morse, 



Jona. Dearborn, 

1778. *' 

' tt 

Thomas Gordon, 



1779- •* 


Jos. C^ass, 

i78o, «« 


Matthias Haines, 

1781. Benj. Whittier, 


Thomas Gordon, 

1782. John Dudley, 

F. Hodgkins, 

Daniel Moody, 


Jona. Swain, 


1784. Samuel Nay, 


Daniel Todd, 



Thomas Gordon, 

1786. John Dudley, 



1787, " 


Levi Swain, 

1788. " 


Thomas Gordon, 

1789- «• 


John Fullonton, 

1790. " 


Levi Swain, 

1791. Samuel Nay, 


Samuel Nay, 

1792. " 


Thomas Bean, 

1793. Moses Dudley, 


Wm, Towle, 

1794. Daniel Norris, 



1795 • Moses Dudley, 


Robert Moore, 

1796. «< 


Neh. Ordway, Jr., 




1798, •* 


David Page, 


Levi Swain, 

Wm. Towle, 

i8oo, Robert Moore, 


Jer. Fullonton, 

i8oi, Moses Dudley, 


Jacob Smith, 

1802. Robert Moore, 


Samuel Nay, Jr., 

1803. Moses Dudley, 


Jacob Smith, 

1804. " 

John Pillsbury, 

James Norris, 


Levi Swain, 

Thos. Dearborn, 

1806. « 


Jacob Smith, 

1807. " 


Thos. Dearborn, 

i8o8. Sherbum Blake 


Jona. Folsom, 

1809. «« 


Jacob Smith, 

1810. " 

Phineas Trull, 

David Moody, 

1811. •' 


Jona. Folsom, 

l8l2, " 


Samuel Nay, Jr., 

1813. Moses Dudley, 

Thos. Dearborn, 

^ Stephen Osgood, 

1814. " 


Wra. Towle, Jr., 






Jona. Folsom, 

i8i6- ** 


Lyba Brown, 

1817. Sherburn Blake, 


Jona. Cram, 

i8i8* Moses Dudley, 


Jona. S. Brown, 

1819. <* 



1820. " 


John Folsom, 

1821. '« 


Jedediah Brown, 

1822. << 


Jona. Folsom, 

1823. " 


Daniel Robie, 3d., 

1824, ** 


D. Lovering, Jr., 



John Todd, 

1826, ** 


Jona. Folsom, 

1827. *• 


Stephen Osgood, 

1828. •• 


Jona. S. Brown, 

1829. " 


Stephen Osgood, 

1830, Oilman Dudley, 





John Todd, 

1832. ** 

John Brown, Jr. 

, Jona. A. Lane, 

1833. Moses Dudley, 


Stephen Osgood, 

1834. Levi Brown, Jr., 


Jona. A. Lane, 

1835. Joseph Blake, 


Stephen Gale, 

1836. Benj. Poor, 


D. Lovering, Jr., 

1837. Stephen Osgood, 



Henry Tucker, 

1838. " 



1839. Henry Tucker, 


D. N. Lane, 

1840. Jona. S. Brown, 


W. S. Prescott, 

1841. *« 


Hazen Bacheldor, 

1842. Benj. Poor, 


W. S. Prescott, 

1843. B. B. Oilman, 


R, Brown, 

J. FuUonton, Jr., 

1844. " 


James Welch, 



D. N. Lane, 



J. S. James, 

1847. Benj. Poor, 

David Pecker, 

Moses Hoyt, 

1848. Henry Tucker, 


S. James, 

A. B. Smith, 

1849. ^* ^* Gilman, 



1850. John Brown, 


W. p. Worthley, 





T. M. Gould, 

A* B. Smith, 
Leonard Pease, 
T. B, Dearborn, 
John Smith, 
C. W. Lane, 
A. B. Smith, 

J. D. Brown, 


851. B. B. Oilman, << L. S. Brown, 

852. " W. P. Worthley, " 

854. «* P. Y. Frye, 

855 • John F.Folsom, H. D. Page, 

856. J. S. James, L. S. Brown, 

857. John Brown, 

858. " 

859. S. D- Tilton, 

860. " 
861 • J. S.James, 

862. W. B. Blake, 

863. W. Poor, 

866. Benj. Cram, 
867- J- Dana Brown, Thos. M. Healey, L. Prescott, 

868. «• " T. M. Gould, 

869. «« T. M. Gould, G. M. Moulton, 

870. Samuel Poor, " Leonard Pease, 

871. John Healey, Olney T.Brown, 

872. Wesley Poor, " 

873. *• Charles Poor, S. P. Blake, 

874. J. Dana Brown, 



S. Poor, Jr., 

L. Prescott 
C. W. Lane, 
S. P. Blake, 












Caleb Rowe, Samuel Dudley, Robert Page. 
Benj. Whittier, Enoch Fogg, Ezek. Lane. 

** ** John Cram, Benj. Bean. 

James Moore, John Dudley, John Cram. 

" " Josiah Fogg. 

*' " John Cram. 
Jona Swain, Nicholas Oilman, Elisha Towle, Jr. 
John Dudley, Jona. Swain, Robert Page. 

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1773. Ezek. Lane, John Dudley, Jona. Swain. 

1774. Thomas Gordon, John Dudley, Ebenezer Cram. 

1776. Josiah Fogg, John Dudley, Jona. Swain. 

1777. Francis Hodgkins, BenJ. Cram, John Montgomery. 

1778. John Montgom'y, Francis Hodgkins, Ithiel Gordon. 
I770« ** *' *' ** '^ ** 

1780. Jona. Swain, Francis Hodgkins, Caleb Smith. 

1781. Jona. Swain, Francis Hodgkins, James Merrill. 

1782. John FuUonton, Elisha Towle, Francis Hodgkins« 

1783. Samuel Nay, Thomas Gordon, Matthias Haines. 

1784. ** ** " *< «* <* 

1785. Daniel Norris, James Merrill, Nathaniel Dudley. 

1786. " ** ** *• •* •* 

1787. Jona. Swain, Samuel Nay, Matthias Haines. 

1788. Jona. Swain, Daniel Norris, Samuel Nay. 

1789. Jona. Swain, Samuel Nay, Thomas Gordon. 

1790. Daniel Norris, Timothy Osgood, Moses Dudley. 

1791. Eben. Prescott, Timothy Osgood, Matthias Haines. 

1792. Levi Swain, Samuel Nay, Eben. Prescott. 

1793. Moses Dudley, Wm. Moore, Jona. Swain. 

1794. Levi Swain, Daniel Norris, John Osgood. 

1795. John Osgood, Levi Swain, Moses Dudley. 

1798. Thomas Bean, Robert Moore, Moses Dudley. 

1799. Jona. Swain, Robert Moore, Eben. Osgood. 

1800. Moses Dudley, Robert Moore, Levi Swain. 

1801. ** " " ** ** 

1802. Moses Dudley, Eben. Osgood, Robert Moore. 

1803. Levi Swain, Robert Moore, Moses Dudley. 

1804. Levi Swain, Phineas Gilman, John Pillsbury. 

1805. Phineas Gilman, Jacob Smith, Joseph Dudley. 

1806. Phineas Gilman, Sherburn Blake, Levi Swain. 

1807. Moses Dudley, Phineas Gilman, Levi Swain. 

1808. Sherburn Blake, David Page, Levi Swain. 

(( (( it a it 

it (< (( <( it 


1809. Sherbum Blake, David Page, Levi Swain. 

i8io. Sherbum Blake, Phineas Gilman, Moses Dudley. 

181 1. Phineas Gilman, Moses Dudley, Thomas Dearborn. 

181 2. Sherbum Blake, Moses Dudley, Phineas Oilman. 

1813. Phineas Gilman, Moses Dudley, Joseph Fogg. 

1814. " " <* " " 

1815. Moses Dudley, Phineas Gilman, Thomas Dudley. 

1816. Moses Dudley, Thomas Dudley, Benj. Bean. 

1817. Sherbum Blake, Phineas Gilman, John Folsom. 
i8i8. Phineas Gilman, John Folsom, Lyba Brown. 

1819. Phineas Gilman, John Folsom, Joseph Dudley, Jr. 

1820. Phineas Gilman, Gilman Dudley, Sam'l Poor, Jr. 

1821. Phineas Gilman, Samuel Poor, Jr., John Folsom. 

1822. John Folsom, Joseph Dudley, Jr., Samuel Poor, Jr. 

1823. Saml Poor, Jr., Joseph Dudley, Jr., Saml Moody. 

1824. Samuel Poor, Jr., Joseph Blake, Samuel Moody. 

1825. Joseph Dudley, Gilman Dudley, Levi Brown, Jr. 

1826. *' " " " " ** 

1827. Joseph Fogg, Gilman Dudley, Levi Brown, Jr. 

1828. Joseph Dudley, Gilman Dudley, Levi Brown, Jr. 

1829. Joseph Dudley, Levi Brown, Jr., Benj. Poor. 

1830. Benj. Poor, John Brown, Jr., John Scribner. 

183 1. Benj. Poor, Stephen Osgood, John Scribner. 

1832. John Scribner, Jona. S. Brown, D. N. Lane. 

1833. " " ** " «« 

1834. Jona. S. Brown, D. N. Lane, Henry Tucker. 

1835. ** ** " " " 

1836. D. N. Lane, Henry Tucker, Daniel Scribner. 

1837. Stephen Osgood, B. B. Gilman, Jona. A. Lane. 

1838. Stephen Osgood, B. B. Gilman, John Folsom. 

1839. S* ^* Gilman, Thomas Folsom, Jona. Brown. 

1840. ** ** ** " ** 

1841. Daniel Scribner, S. M. Harriman, Gilman Folsom. 

1842. Daniel Scribner, Levi Brown, Jr., Benj. Poor. 

1843. Joseph Blake, Samuel Poor, Hazen Bacheldor. 

1844. Joseph Blake, Hazen Bacheldor, Jer. Fullonton, Jr. 


845. Joseph Blake, Hazen Bacheldor, Jer. Fullonton, Jn 

846. B. B. Oilman, Hazen Bacheldor, John Moore. 

847. B. B, Gilman, S, M. Harriman, Edmund Whittier. 

848. Edmund Whittier, Henry Tucker, James Welch. 

849. B. B, Gilman, James Welch, David Pecker. 

850. B. B. Gilman, David Pecker, Joseph Fisk. 

851. B. B. Gilman, Ebcn. Prescott, II. D. Page. 

852. John Brown, H. D. Page, John Healey. 

853. Hazen Bacheldor, John Healey, Eben. Prescott. 

854. B. B. Gilman, W. P. Worthley, Eben. Prescott. 

855. D. N. Lane, Jona. Woodman, R. R. Rundlett. 

856. John Healey, Ebcn. Prescott, T. L. Brown. 

857. S. D. Tilton, T. L. Brown, II. G. McClure. 

858. B. B. Gilman, J. T. Dudley, David Griffin. 

859. J. T. Dudley, David Griffin, Wesley Poor. 

860. John Healey, Wesley Poor, A. B. Smith. 

861. Wesley Poor, A. B. Smith, Benj. Cram. 

862. B. B. Gilman, Benj. Cram, D. A. Bean. 

863. D. A. Bean, Joseph Richardson, Dudley Lane. 

864. James T. Dudley, J. S. James, J. D. Brown, 

865. James T. Dudley, W. B. Blake, J. D. Brown. 

866. J. D. Brown, W. B. Blake, J. W. Fisk. 

867. Wesley Poor, J. W. Fisk, Benj. Cram. 

868. Aaron W. Brown, Benj. Cram, John Wallace. 

869. Aaron W. Brown, John Wallace, Charles W. Lane. 

870. Aaron W. Brown, Charles W. Lane, Irvin Folsom. 

871. Aaron W. Brown, Irvin Folsom, Georgs E. Bean. 

872. Wm. D. Ladd, John F. Brown, Mark Scribner. 

873. John F. Brown, Samuel B. Gove, Olney T. Brown. 

874. Olney T. Brown, Mark Scribner, P. B. Corson. 


Representatives were chosen to the Provincial Assembly. 
The first chosen here was in 1776. John Dudley was elect- 


ed and re-elected every year after when there was an elec- 
tion till 1784. The war had then closed. 

After the State Constitution went into efTect, the town was 
classed with Poplin, now Fremont While thus classed, the 
Representative in each alternate year was fix>m this town. 
But we judge from the records that, in several years, none 
were chosen. The following is the list as we find them re- 
corded : 

1786, Samuel Nay» 1800 — 2 — ^4, Moses Dudley, 

1796, Eben. Osgood, 1806—8 — 10, Sherbum Blake. 

Being clawed was then dissolved and the town allowed 
to send by itself. 

181 1 — 12, Phineas Gilman, 1844 — ^45» David Pecker, 
1813 — 14 — 1 5, Moses Dudley, 1846 — ^47, Levi Moulton, 

1816 — 17, Phineas Gilman, 1848 — ^49, John Brown, 

1818— 19, Joseph Fogg, 1850—51, Wm. P Tufts, 

1820 — 21 — 22 — 23, Thomas 1852, Edmund Whittier, 

Dearborn, 1853 — 54, Josiah S. James^ 

1824, Joseph Fogg, 1855, Joseph Blake, 

1825 — 26, John Folsom, 1856, Edmund Whittier, 

1827 — 28 — 29, Moses Dud- 1857 — 58, Wm. P Worthley, 

ley, 1859, /• Folsom Lane, 

1130-^31, Joseph Dudley, i860, voted not to send. 

1832 — 33, Gilman Dudley, 1861 — 62, J. Tucker Dudley, 

1834 — 35, John Scribner, 1863, J. Folsom Lane, 

1836, Levi Brown, Jr., 1864 — 65, Lyman Prescott, 

1837 — 38, Benj. Poor, 1866— 67, Abraham B.Smith, 

1839 — ^40, Samuel Poor, 1868 — 69, David Griffin, 

1841, Jona. S. Brown, died 1870 — 7i,Granvill A.Gilmore, 

this year, 1872 — 73, John Healey, 

1842 — ^43, Benj. B. Gilman, 1874, J- Wilson Fisk. 



1785, John Dudley, elected, but declined. 
1859—60, Joseph Blake. 


1843 — 44, Benjamin Poor, 


1860—61, Wilson S. Abbott. 

Coroners, Stephen Osgood, 1821. Dr. T. M. Gould, 1873. 

Lawyer. Elijah B. Hazzen, a native of Weare, came here . 
as teacher of the High School, and continued such for a 
number of terms. He was quite successful. In the mean- 
time he studied law, and in i869 commenced the practice of 
the profession here, having an office first in Mr. Higley's 
building, and then in the room ailjoining the store of J. S. 
James. In 1873, he Avent to Suncook Village. 

Station Agent. Capt. David Pecker was appointed when 
the railroad was opened in igSo. 

In Dec, i860, Granville A. Gilmore succeeded, and still 
continues. He has much of the management of sawing the 
wood at the station, is Express Agent, Telegraph Operator, 
and Ticket Master. Though his responsibilities are great, 
and his time much occupied with business, yet he is always 
quiet, attentive and obliging, and all wish he may long fill 
the position. 


S. D. Til ton, appointed 1869. 
J. S James, 1871. 
Warren True, 1872. 
A. B. Smith, 1874. 




1776, John Dudley, 

1781, do. 

1850, Daniel Scribner, 

1782 Jonathan Swain, 
I 791 do. 


1765, Benjamin Whittier, 
1768, John Dudley; 1795 

throughout the State. 
1789, Jona Swain, 
1797, Moses Dudley; 1830 

of the Quorum. 

1807, John Osgood, 
1802, Ebenezer Osgood, 

1808, Sherbum lilakc, 
1820, John Brown ; Quorum ; 

1848 State. 
1826, Joseph Blake ; 1846 

Quorum; 1858 State. ' 
1828, John Folsom, 
1828, Stephen Osgood, 
1836, D. N. Lane ; 1853 

1838, John Scribner, 
1838, Benjamin Poor, 
1838, Samuel Poor, 
1841, B. B. Oilman, 
1848, John M. Stevens, 
1848, James Welch ; 1851 


1848, Henry Tucker, 

1849, John Frank Brown, 
1849, Levi S. Brown, 
1849, H. D. Page, 

1851, Wm. P. Worthley, 
1851, J. S.James; 1855 

1853, S. D. Tilton, 
1853, S. B. Gove, 

1853, Joseph Richardson, 

1854, Jacob Elliott, 

1854, Horace Gordon, 

1855, Oliver Jones, 
1855, Oliver Tilton, 

1855, Oilman Folsom, 

1856, John Healey, 
1858, James T. Dudley, 

1858, T. M. Gould, 

1859, Samuel M. Harriman, 
1859, J^r- Fullonton, 
1861, W. S. Abbott: 1866, 


1863, W. B. Blake, 

1864, Joshua F. Lane, 

1864, D. A. Bean, 

1865, Eben. Prescott, 
1865, John D. Brown, 

1867, Wesley Poor, 

1868, Wm. Titcomb, 

1869, Aaron W. Brown, 

1870, Elijah B. Hazzen, 
1873, Dudley Lane. 



Joseph Blake, appointed 1815. 

Wm. P. Tufts, *• 1853. 

Wm. B.Blake, •« 1861. 

T. M. Gould, *• 1867. 

John Locke, " i869,died Sept. 1872. 

T. M. Gould, " 1872. 


John R. Brown, 1833; office discontinued, 1837. 


Jacob Elliott, 1850 ; office discontinued, 1856. 

Rates of postage were 6, 10, 12 1-2, 18 3-4, and 25 cents, 
according to distance. If a letter was on two pieces of pa- 
per, the rate was double. 

In 1845, Congress reduced postage to 5, 10, 15, 20 cents, 

&c. • • 

In 1852, to 3 cents ; 5 if not prepaid. Soon after 5 was 

striken out and letters were not to be sent unless prepaid* 

The 3 cents is per half ounce. 


The ovonin*^ mail is wolcomo Jicro, 
And crowds at once on ** 'Change" appear; 
First to tlie cars, witness what's there, 
Then to tlie OIUco all Vcpair. 

Postmaster Gould and Mr. Fitts 
Now work in haste and with dispatch ; 
J/Ottors and papers well placed are 
In numbered boxes, all witli care. 

The door Hies back, then what a rush I 
They crowd and jam and forward push ! 
Receive their mail, then quick return. 
To read the news in quiet homo. 


The Persians first invented mails ; 
They come and go, one seldom fails ; 
They fly all *roond the solid eartli. 
Dispensing light and love and tmth. 



John Dudley, son of Moses Dudley, Esq. He has been 
Representative in the Maine Legislature eight years. 

David Pillsbury, Chester, 1842 and 44. 

Ira Osgood, Loudon, 1835 ^^^ 3^* 

Gilman Richardson, Candia, 1838 and 39. 

Samuel Dudley, Candia, 1851 and 52. 

RufusTilton, Sandwich, 1855. 

John Prescott, Jr., Candia, 1855 and 56. 
\ Henry Moore, Chester, 1862. 

Owen Runnels, Pittsficld, 1864 and 65. 

Alvin D. Dudley, Candia, 1865 and 66. 

John FuUonton, New Hampton, 1868. 

Timothy O. Norris, Troy, Iowa, 1870. 

J. Rowland Bacheldor, Candia, 1873 and 74. 

Besides the above, Nathaniel Dudley, son of Judge Dud- 
ley, may be named. He was born in Exeter, but lived here 
some years. He went to Maine and was Representative of 
his town several years. 

Joseph Richardson has lived here much. He was bom 
in Candia, and was Representative of that town in 1840. 




The free-school system is the greatest of modern discov- 
eries. We are indebted to the Puritans for it The proper- 
ty of community sustains it, and it is open to the poor as 
well as the rich. 

In 1757, seven years before this town was disannexed and 
incorporated, it was voted by the town meeting of Chester 
that Freetown (now Raymond) and Charmingfare (now 
Candia), have school money according to their tax, provid- 
ed it be expended for schools. The result of this can not 
now be known. 

The next record on the subject was in 1765, the year after 
the incorporation. On a proposition to see if the town 
would build some school-houses, it was negatived. , 

In 1767, voted to raise sixty pounds for schooling and 
other charges. Three schools were established, one of 
which seems to have been in the Branch neighborhood, and 
was taught by Daniel True; another was in the section of 
the Dudleys, taught, or **kept" as then called, by Daniel 
Stillman, ten weeks ; and the third was probably in the east 
or north-east in charge of Abel Morse. Mr. M. was from 
Chester, an experienced teacher, and was employed here 
much of the time in following years. 

In 1768, Jona. Palmer is mentioned as a teacher here, 
besides Abel Morse. In 1769, Widow Judkins was paid 
twelve shillings lawful money for teaching ; and fifteen shil- 
lings were paid to Ithiel Gordon for going after her, board- 
ing her and carrying her home again. The term was four 
weeks in length. All worked cheap then. Francis Hodg- 
kins, about the same time, taught four months, probably not 


all in the same neighborhood. His wages were about six 
dollars per month. This year, five shillings were paid 
to Clement Moody, who lived near where John Brown, 
Esq., now does, for the use of a room in his house for a 

1770, voted to build four school-houses, one in each quar- 
ter of the fown. Chose a committee to build them, consist- 
ing of John Dudley, James Moore, Ezekiel Lane and Rob- 
ert Page. Money was scarce, and it was voted that a tax 
for the erection of these houses be paid in lumber. One of 
tl^ese was built near where Moses L. Lovering now resides ; 
one in the Dudley district ; one somewhere in the Lane dis- 
trict, and the other a little north of Josiah B. Cram's. This 
last, in 1 791, was moved to the spot now occupied for a 
school in that district ; and, in 1819 it was sold lor the erec- 
tion of a new house, a part of it being the dwelling of Mr. 
Harrison Thurston. 

After the houses were built, the principal teachers, for 
years, were A. Morse, Dr. Hodgkins, Joseph Flagg, Wm. 
Dawling, James Farnham, Peter Coffin, Mr. Melville, Amel- 
ia Towle and Abigail Welch. In those years there were 
accounts paid, of which the following may serve as a speci- 
men: **i77i,Paid Benj. Cram, for dinnerin Master Hodg- 
kins 10 weeks, 16 shillings." This would be eight cents 
of present currency for each dinner. 

The schools then were held about ten weeks in a year. 
Reading was taught principally from the Testament, and 
the Psalter, which was a portion or the whole of the Psalms. 
Writing was on birch bark, or paper but a little better. 
Later, Arithmetic was introduced, but there were for a time 
but few if any books used by the scholars. The teacher 
said, *'I will set you a sum." Then figures were put on the 
slate, which were to be a«lded, subtracted, &c. 

Order was maintained by the free use of rods, of which 
good selections were made in the groves near. If one was 
used up, the next transgressor was sent to get one for his 


own back. If he was faithful in the work, and got a good 
one, his punishment might be lighter. But in general, woe 
to offenders I Hands, ears, back and legs were made to 
tingle. Sometimes, if blunders were made in the lessons, 
the teacher would give a smart blow in the rear, which 
would, perchance, quicken their pace over a tall word, and 
help them go up the **Hill of Science" with a vengeance I 

When the town was surveyed, a lot of one hundred acres 
or more was reserved for schooling. This was west of the 
**Long Hill." In 179S, the town voted to sell it. A por- 
tion of it is now owned by the heirs of Gen. Tucker. The 
fund from the sale is $1,170, the interest of which is divided 
yearly for the benefit of all the districts. 

After 1800, Joel Bliss, Dr. Pillsbury, Mrs. Pillsbury, 
Stephen Osgood and Polly Palmer were among the teach- 
ers. There were no Superintending Committees, and yet 
something of the kind was judged necessary as early as 
1809, when it was ** Voted that the Selectmen inspect the 
schools." The Board that year consisted of Sherburn 
Blake, David Page and Levi Swain, all good judges of 
schools. But it does not appear that they visited the schools 
often, if at all. It was customary, however, for each district 
to choose a committee of three of its citizens to * 'inspect* 
their own schools. This had some good effect. And when 
there was a minister in town, he volunteered to visit the 
schools, and, besides witnessing their operations, would talk 
to the scholars, and question those who had studied the 
** Assembly's Catechism," on that work. 

In the meantime, there was an improvement in books. 
Webster's excellent spelling book was first published in 
1783 ; and by the early part of the present century it was in 
use here. Merrill's Arithmetic was used, and Morse's and 
Parish's Geographies for reading ; also the * 'American Pre- 
ceptor," and then the * 'English Reader." ''The Ladies' 
Accidence," which some pronounced Accidents, as if it was 


an account of mishaps, was used for Grammar^ and then 
••Murray's Introduction*' was also used. 

In 1812, a new event took place, — James Dudley, a youth 
of eighteen years, went to the Academy in Exeter. This 
greatly astonished people, for no one in town had attended 
such an institution. The question was, What is he getting 
••lamin" for? It is of no use, unless he is to be a teacher, 
doctor, lawyer or minister. The father of James, Moses 
Dudley, Esq., a friend of books and education, with his well 
known expression, «• Bless me," would add, ** learning will 
not hurt James, I will warrant." 

1817. About this time, a new impulse was given to com- 
mon school education in some of its aspects here. Mr. Til- 
ton French, of Gilmanton, was employed as a teacher, and 
was successful in the vocation. He was especially active in 
encouraging those he thought fitted, to attend Academies and 
qualify themselves for teaching. The following, very much 
through his influence, became teachers, — Jer. F. Page, 
Thos. J. Dudley, Samuel M. Harriman, John M. Stevens, 
Mary Norris, (late Mrs. Wason,) Susan Dudley, (Mrs. 
Locke,) Esther Dudley, Sally Stevens, (Mrs. Fisk,) and 
the writer of this History. 

1820. The first Superintending Committee was chosen 
this year. The Board consisted of Rev. S. Bailey, Dr. T. 
H. Merrill and Stephen Osgood. Many were opposed, and 
no more were appointed till 1827, when Rev. S. Famsworth, 
Dr. S. Gale and T. J. Dudley were chosen. In the sum- 
mer of that year, the Legislature passed a law, requiring 
towns to choose such committees. In the House of Repre- 
sentatives it was very popular, passing by the large vote of 
one hundred and fifty-two, to thirty-seven. It met little or no 
opposition in the Senate. Gov. Pierce readily signed it. 
The next year the law was amended, making it necessary 
for teachers to be examined and obtain certificates before 
commencing their schools. 

Many here did not like such a committee. In No. 3, for 


two or three years, it was voted in the district meetings to 
have nothing to do with it ; but this opposition died away, 
so that there was no special manifestation of it till 1839. 
That year the Selectmen appointed Moses Dudley, Esq., 
Dea. Jer. Fullonton and Mr. Elisha Prescott as committee. 
This was a heavy boardy some of the members being of 
great corpulency. They were men of sound understand- 
ing, and excellent judgment, but they could not examine 
teachers, neither would they be likely to visit the schools. 
This was foreseen, and no doubt the object was not to have 
an active committee. This was accomplished. All that 
was done that year by the committee was the following : 

Mr. Gardner Til ton, of Epping, having engaged one of 
the schools, commenced it, and understanding how matters 
stood, at the close of the first day, called on one of the com- 
mittee, Dea. J. Fullonton, in due form, and stated that his 
business was to be examined for the necessary certificate. 
The committee, Dea. F., was ready for a little sport, so he 
drew himself up and assumed an air of great dignity as if 
about to commence an examination, when, being a man of 
more than three hundred pounds weight, his chair gave 
way, and he, with all his committee power, came to the 
floor with a crash. With a loud laugh from all present, the 
matter ended. Since then the superintending has gone on 
with regularity. 

For some years previous to 1800, the sum raised by the 
town for schools was about forty-five pounds ; twenty-five 
years later it was about $300 ; and in 1845, $400. By 1850, 
what was raised by tax, and the income of local funds was ^ 
$600 ; and in 1864, over $800. In 1849, the average sum 
to each scholar was $2.42. The rank of the town in this 
respect with others in the State, was 46; in the county, 13. 
After this it fell in rank, so that in 1851 it was 130 ; in the 
county, 27. 

In 1852, the rank was estimated by the rate per cent 


raised more than the law requires. In this the town did 
well. The rate per cent, was 86, the rank, 29 ; in the 
county, 3 ; only Deerfield and Exeter being higher. In 
1854, the rate per cent, was 61, the rank 28 ; in the coun- 
ty. 4- 

After 1852, terms of select schools wereoccasional. The 

principal persons in charge were G. W. Stevens, Miss 
Bacheldor, Mr. Lovering, Mr. Chase, David H. Brown* 
Abbie Scribner, W. S. Abbott. 

The first Teachers' Institute in the County was held at 
Exeter, in Sept., 1848. Three teachers from this town were 
members. In Nov., 1847, one, in charge of Hiram Smart, 
County School Commissioner, was held here. It was in 
session nearly two weeks. Number of members, about 100 ; 
belonging to this town, 39, twenty-two of whom were teach- 

A Library was commenced in 1863. 

In 1865, it was voted to give individuals the privilege of 
finishing the upper part of the Town Hall for a High School 
room. The funds for which were raised mostly by levees. 
Having been completed, it was dedicated, by appropriate 
services, on the evening of Feb. 26, 1867. On the 28th, the 
first term opened. 

The Literary History will be concluded by a list of 


I. David Pillsbury. He was bom in the Wason dis- 
trict, his father, Benj. Pillsbury, Esq., then residing there, 
but soon moving to Candia. Mr. Pillsbury graduated at 
Dartmouth College in 1827. He studied law at Chester 
with Hon. S. D. Bell ; commenced practice there in 183 1 ; 
was Representative of the town two years ; in the Military 
line went through most of the offices from Adjutant up to 
Major General ; in 1855 nioved to Concord ; in 1857 was 
appointed Police Judge of the city, and died May 25, 1861, 
aged 61. 


II. Elbridgb Gerry Dudley, Dartmouth College, 
1839. He commenced the study of law at the Law School 
connected with Harvard College. Having finished the 
course, he began practice in Boston and continued there till 
1861, when he went to Beaufort, S. C, where he died, 
Sept. 18, 1867, aged 56. His wife was Christiana Duncan, 
of Stoddard, N. H. 

III. John FuLLONTON, Dartmouth College, 1840. Aft- 
er graduating, he became Principal of the Academy in 
Parsonsfield, Me., where he continued more than two years. 
The degree of A. M. was conferred in 1843 ; and that year 
he went to Clinton, N. Y., and took charge of the Institu- 
tion there. In 1844, ^'^^ Institution was moved to Whites- 
town in the same state, and he was continued as Principal. 
In 1845, he was ordained at Whitestown, and in 1849, g^'ad- 
uated at the Theological Institution there. In 1852, he be- 
came Theological Professor. In 1854, ^^^ Theological De- 
partment was moved to New Hampton, N. H., and he came 
widi it. In 1862, the degree of D. D. was conferred upon 
him by Dartmouth College. In 1863, he was Chaplain of 
the N. H. Legislature, and in 1868, Representative of New 
Hampton. In 187 1, the Theological Institution was moved 
to Lewiston, Me., where he still continues Professor. His 
wife was Miss Elizabeth M. Elliott, of Haverhill, Mass. 

IV. Timothy O. Norris, Dartmouth College, 1840* 
He engaged in teaching, and after a time became Principal 
of I lampion Acfidemy, where he continued quite a series of 
years. The Institution was very prosperous during the 
time. About 1855, he left and soon settled in Troy, Iowa, 
where he taught for some time. He has relinquished teach- 
ing, but still resides there. He has represented his town, 
or class of towns, in the Iowa Legislature. He married in 
that state. 

V. Georgk a. Blake, William's College, 1849; 
graduated at Boston Medical College in 1853. He prac- 
ticed about three years in Walpole, N. H., next year in 


Rollinsford, and next two years in Burlington, Iowa. Nov., 
1 86i, he became connected with the Sanitary Service of 
the army, went with Gen. Butler to Ship Island and to New 
Orleans, and was there when it was captured in March, 
1862. He continued in the service some time after the war 
closed, but now resides in Walpole, N. H., where he prac- 
tices his profession. 

VI. Luther E. Shepard, Dartmouth College, 185 1. 
After graduating, he was Principal of the Academy in 
Grafton, Mass., one year; of Westford, Mass., Academy, 
four years, and then of Franklin, N. H., Academy, one 
year. After this he studied law in Lowell, Mass., and 
there engaged in its practice. He has also a license to loan 
and let real estate, and does a good business. 

VII. Wilson S. Abbott, Dartmouth College, 1852. 
He was in charge of the Academy in Westminster, Mass., 
one year, and of the Seminary in Brattleboro, Vt., three 
years. He then settled on the homestead in this town, and 
has frequently been engaged in teaching, and other portions 
of time in farming. His wife was Miss Olive Knowles, of 

VIII. John D. Lovbring, Dartmouth College, 1853. 
Was engaged in teaching a few years in the South and 
West ; studied medicine in Illinois, and is in practice in Es- 
sex, Mass. 

IX. Robert Wallace, Dartmouth College, 1855. 
From information gathered, we learn that he spent some 
time in teaching in Vermont, where he married. His wife 

dying, he went to Boston and when last heard of, he was in 
business there. 

X. Joseph F. Dudley, Dartmouth College, 1858. He 
was bom in this town. His home was Candia several 
years before he graduated, and his history belongs to that 
town. He graduated at Bangor Theological Seminary in 
1862, and was settled over the Congregational church in St. 


Paul, Minn. In 1866, went to Winona, same state. His 
wife was Jesse Grasse, of Bolton, Mass. He still resides 
in the West, in Eaw Claire, Wis- 

XI. Calvin Howard Brown, son of Joseph and Elvira 
Howard Brown, was the first in this family of scholars to make 

the way up fair Science's hill. He interested his teachers in 
the common school and was encouraged to prepare for col- 
lege. He entered Dartmouth, and graduated in 1859. ^^ 
taught the high school in Stoncham, Mass., three years. 
He studied law in Boston ; was admitted to the Suffolk Bar 
in Oct., 1863, and practiced in Boston till Dec, 1864. He 
then left in the steamer Melville for Port Royal, S. C, and 
perished 4n the disaster and loss of the vessel at sea, Jan. 8, 
1865. The ship went down in latitude 38^, longitude, 72^. 
His age was thirty years. He was a young man of superior 
excellence and great promise for usefulness. 

XII. John Pbaslbe Brown, son of Jonathan and Han- 
nah Brown, brought up on the farm, but early evinced a taste 
for study, and through some dilliculties, prepared for college. 
He graduated at Dartmouth, in i8€o. He then spent part 
of a year in teaching in Louisiana, then in Weymouth, Mass. 
He chose the Medical Profession, pursued the usual course, 
and graduated at Boston Medical College, and was immedi- 
ately appointed assistant Physician in the New Hampshire 
Asylum for the Insane. This was in 1865, and there he 
still continues. His wife was Miss Caroline A. Stevens, 
of Mount Vernon, N. H. 

XIII. David Henry Brown, son of Joseph Brown and 
Elvira Howard Brown, was born in Raymond, August i*jf 
1836. He fitted for College at Phillip's Academy, Andover, 
Mass., and entered Dartmouth College in 1857, graduating 
in 1861. He then spent two years and a half in teaching 
school, the last year being Principal of the High school in 
Stoneham^ Mass. He was clerk for nearly a year in the United 
States Qiiartermaster's Department at Nashville, Tenn., 


leaving the position in Feb. ,1865. He was in that citydur- 
ing the memorable siege and subsequent battles between 
the armies of Gen. Thomas and Gen. Hood, Dec. 14 — 16, 
16, 1864. He has been connected with the book business at 
25 and 29 Cornhill, Boston, for nearly ten years, being now a 
member of the firm of Thompson, Brown & Co., publishers, 
stationers and whole sale booksellers. 

He was married, Oct. 20, 1869, to Abby Dudley Tucker, 
youngest daughter of the late Gen. Henry Tucker, and has 
two sons, Henry Tucker, born March 17, 1872, and Howard 
Dudley, bom July 8, 1873. 

XIV. GiLMAN Henry Tucker, son of Henry and 
Nancy Dudley Tucker, was bom in Raymond, Jan. 20, 1836. 
He fitted for college at Andover, Mass. and Meriden, N. 
H., and entered Dartmouth in 1856. He was absent from 
college a year on account of an afTection of the eyes, but 
returned and graduated with the chiss of 1861. Jle was 
appointed on the Staff of Gov. Berry with the rank of Col- 
onel, in 1861, and held the position two years. A few 
months after graduating, he entered upon the school book 
business in Boston, in which he has continued to the present 



He married, Oct. 8, 1861, Mary H. Greene, of Windsor, 
Vt., who died at Boston, Jan. 28, 1869. He married again, 
June 15, 1871, Caroline K. Clarke of Newton, Mass., and 
has a daughter, Mary Carol, born Sept. 23, 1873. 

XV. Daniel N. Lane, Jr., son of Dea. D. N. and 
Hannah Lane. He fitted for college at Andover, Mass., 
entered Dartmouth and graduated in 1863. He has been 
much engaged in teaching in different institutions since 
graduating. He has had charge of Chester Academy, 
which was among the first after leaving college ; afterwards 
in Bridgewater, Mass., Canaan, N. H., Salisbury, Mass., 
and Kingston, N. H. He has had charge in several other 


XVI. J. Woodbury Scribner, son of John Scribner, 
Esq., and Betsey D. Scribner, graduated at Dartmouth Col- 
lege in 1864. Designing to make teaching a business, he 
went to Hartsville, Ind., and became Principal of the Insti- 
tution there, where he remained till 1873. While there, he 
was ordained as a preacher in the denomination called 
United Brethren, and officiated as a minister as he had op- 
portunity. Leaving that place in 1873, he came to Ansville, 
Pa., and became Professor in Lebanon Valley College, 
where he continues at present. While in Indiana, he mar- 


I. James W. Brown, son of Joseph and Elvira H. 
Brown* fitted for college, entered Dartmouth and continued 
till he became a member of the Senior Class, and would 
have graduated in 1865, but spending a vacation as a Clerk 
in the Military Department in Nashville, Tenn.,hc died 
there, Dec. 22, 181)4, aged 23. His remains were brought 
here and buried after appropriate funeral services. It was 
felt a great loss to lose so valuable a young man. 

II. A. M RuiLL Osgood finished a preparatory course at 
Exeter Academy, before teaching in the summer of 1873, 
and is now a member of the Freshman Class of Boston Uni- 
versity. He is a son of Timothy and Mary Osgood. 

graduates of academies. 

I. Abbie Scribner, daughter of Daniel and Ann Scrib- 
ner, graduated at Mount llolyoke Seminary, in Mass., in 
1863. She taught considerably, and in Feb., 1865, was 
married to Dr. J. Frank Brown of Chester. 

II. W. Haruison Lanic, son of Dea, D. N. and Han- 
nah Lane, graduated at the Normal School, Bridgewater, 
Mass., in 1866. He taught some in connection, with pur- 


suing a course of study. Since graduating, the high and im- 
portant business of agriculture has been his principal occu- 

III. Vannib a. IIarriman, daughter of Samuel M. Har- 
riman and his first wife, graduated at New Hampton Institu- 
tion in 1868. Teaching has been followed much of the 
time since graduating. 

IV. Julia A Scribner, daughter of Daniel and Ann 
Scribner, graduated at Mount Holyoke Seminary in i8'j2. 
She has taught much, and at present is thus engaged in Bos- 

V. John Dana Folsom, son of John F. and Elizabeth 
Folsom, finished a course, preparatory to entering college, 
at Tilton Seminary. He finished a Theological course of 
study at Drew Seminary in New Jersey four or five years 
since. He is now a minister of the Pennsylvania Methodist 

The entire list, sixteen College Graduates, two under- 
graduates, and five graduates of Academies, twenty-three in 
all, were natives of this town. The record as to number, 
scholarship, and positions of trust and usefulness, is a good 
one, and compares well with the country towns around. 

or RATUOKn. 





It was cu8tomary> iQ the early history of the towns in New 
England, as soon as convenient, to establish meetings for 
the worship of God. The first account here is in 1764, the 
year of the incorporation. At a town meeting, held June 11, 
voted to raise 300 pounds Old Tenor for the support of tlie 
gospel. This was but a small sum in dollars. In 1765, 
voted to raise the same sum. A few, who had come into 
town from Chester, (the part now Auburn,) belonged to the 
Presbyterian church. Tliey objected to paying a ministe- 


rial tax here, and it was voted that they ''be eased of their 
rates.** That year the first minister of whom mention is made 
came. His name was Gilman. Many did not like him, 
and at a town meeting, held March 3, 1766, voted that if 
Mr. Gilman preached, he should not be paid by the town. 

In 1767, Samuel Webster was paid 6 pounds ibr preach- 
ing ; Solomon Moore, 6 ; Tristram Gilman, 7 pounds 4 shil- 
lings* In 1768, Mr. Gilman and Jona. Searle preached. Mr. 
Gilman was a native of Durham, and soon settled in N. 
Yarmouth, Me., where he continued 40 years. 

The meetings in these years were held at Lieut. Benj. 
Bean's tavern, the old house now standing opposite the late 
John Bean house. The town voted to pay him 3 pounds ibr 
the use of his house up to March, 1769 ; and 17 shillings 
tor dinners for the ministers. 

In 1770, voted to raise 20 dounds for preaching. Of this, 
Mr. Searle received 10 pounds, 16 shillings ; and 10 shil- 
lings were paid to Lieut. Bean for the use of his house. 
During these years some were opposed to raising money for 
preaching, and when taxed were unwilling to pay. 

About this time, complaint was made by Widow Hannah 
Cram, Daniel Holman, Joseph Gile, J. Meloon, and John 
Leavitt, and their taxes were given in. 

Ifc 1771, the meetings were held a part of the time at David 
Bacheldor's, west of York's Comer. The divided state of 
the people as to the location of a meeting-house for some 
half a dozen years, and then the war of the Revolution for 
eight years, tended to prevent the raising of much money 
for preaching. 

In 1785, two years after the war, a meeting-house was 
built near where Mrs. H. D. Page now lives, and was so far 
completed that meetings could be held in it. The house 
slood in an immense woodland, with but few openings or 
cleared places for considerable distance around. The 
following lines of Pope might have been suggested to those 
who assembled there for worship : 


"In Ihe rude temple, — the surrounding wood, — 
All vocal beings hymned their equal God/' 

At the dedication of the meeting-house, Rev. Josiah 
Stearns, of Epping, preached from a text singularly appro- 
priate. It was from Psalm 132 : 6, — **Lo, we heard of it at 
Ephrata ; we found it in the fields of the wood." 

The location of the house was not liked by some, and not 
far from the time, some waggish person posted up an adver- 
tisement headed, * 'Found,*' and then went on to describe 
** a stray meeting-house found in the woods.'* 

In 1787, voted 15 pounds for preaching. Also, that if any 
who did not wish to pay the minister tax, enter their names 
with, the Town Clerk within ten days, they be not taxed* 
Also that the minister tax may be paid in pine boards, com 
or grain. — Oct. 15, voted to give Mr, Stephen Williams a 
call to settle in the ministry, with a salary of 50 pounds the 
first year, and 5 pounds additional yearly, until it amounted 
to 65 pounds ; the income of the parsonage, except wood and 
timber ; 20 cords of wood yearly ; and as a settlement 90 
pounds, instead of parsonage buildings. He did not ac- 
cept. In 1790, voted to give Mr. Thomas Moore a call, on 
terms similar to the above. He did not accept. 

No church had as yet been formed. The organization 
took place in 1791. Articles of faith and a covenant were 
adopted. The number of the original members was 21. 
They were the following : 

John Bacheldor, Robert Page, Stephen Prescott, Matthias 
Haines, Daniel Lane, David Lane, Benjamin Cram, Ebene- 
zer Prescott, Ebenezer Cram, Samuel Nay, Samuel Nay, 
Jr., Sarah Page, Phebe Prescott, Mary Nay, Mary Cram, 
Sarah Haines, Abigail Lane, Hannah Lane, Mary Tilton, 
Abigail Bacheldor, Very soon after, Jona. Swain and 
Mary Swain united by letter. 

Some three or four years passed with occasional supplies 
of preaching, and then Rev. Nehemiah Ordway moved into 
town and was a stated supply till 1797, when the matter of 

moving tlie mtrHng-haaBC wmg agitated. A strong party 
wished it moved to what is now the Village. Mr. Ordway, 
in one sermon, opposed the removal. But some thought 
that was not preaching the goqieL Not long after he doj^ 
ed his supply here. 

Those tor the removal were in a small majority in 1797* 
at diree different town meetings, and in the autumn of that 
year it was removed. 

The house was soon put in order for worship, but there 
was mudi division of feeling in the church, that had grown 
out of the contention concerning the removal. There was 
also much derire that the Most High, whose ** way is in the 
sanctuary," would come to his resting-place with ** die ark of 
lus strength." 2 Chron, 6 : 41. Not long after. Rev. James 
Thurston, of Exeter, was obt^oed for a supply in the years 
1798 and 1799. 

'* The Lord rideth upon the whirlwind and directeth 
the storm," and, at the proper time, brings all to 
calmness and repose. Here the discordant elements became 
harmonized, and the way was prepared for the settlement oi 
a pastor. This was effected in 1800. Mr. Jonathan Stick- 
ney, of Newburyport, came in the summer, and was ordain- 
ed October 22. Ten ministers composed the council and 
assisted in the services. Rev. John Boddily, pastor of the 2d. 
Presbyterian Church, in Newburyport, and a native of Bris- 
tol, England, preached the discourse. The assembly was 
large, for it was a great day to the town, and one of great 
gladness to this church. 

In 1801, there was a good work of grace, and 27 united 
with the church. The last survivor of this number, Widow 
Mary Moore, who lived at the Branch, died in Dec, 1856. 

Mr. Stickney continued 7 years, and in June, 1807, asked 
a dismissal in consequence of declining health. July i, a 
dismissal was granted. Oct. 26, the town voted concurrence. 
He retired to Newburyport, and died the next year. 

Ten years passed before another pastor was settled. In 


1808, the town voted that the Free Baptists occupy the meet# 
ing-house half of the time. There was not the harmony 
between the different Societies there is now, but unkind feel- 
ings, words and actions. 

The church had some preaching by neighboring ministers 
till 181 3, after which a Missionary Society in Massachusetts 
furnished supplies about half of the time till 181 7. Rev's 
Homer, Cressy, and Wright, were here most. Sept. 4, 
1816, voted to give Rev. Luther Wright a call to the pastor- 
ate, but he did not accept. 

Early in 1817, Rev. Stephen Bailey, of Greenland, came 
here, and a revival interest commenced, which lasted to the 
close of summer. About 90 united with the church. Mr. 
Bailey was installed pastor Oct i ; sermon by Rev. E. Ab- 
bott, of Greenland. 

Parsonage buildings were soon erected ; they are now 
owned by Mr. Isaiah Young. 

Mr. Bailey was settled for five years, and dismissed Oct. 
22, 1822. 

In 1824, the parsonage lot was sold for about $1200, the 
interest of which is now divided yearly among the different 
Societies in town. Rev's James Thurston, M. Dutton and 
others supplied till the next pastorate. 

Rev. Seth Farnsworth, a native of Charleston, N. H., was 
ordained Nov. 3, 1824. Sermon by Rev. A. Burnham of 
Pembroke. Mr. Farnsworth continued ten years, preaching 
faithfully and successfully. Members were added to the 
church in 1825, '26, '31, and '32. Mr. Farnsworth was dis- 
missed at his request in 1834, ^^^ much against the wishes oi 
the people. 

A new meeting-house was erected in 1834, ^^^ dedicated 
Nov. 12, — sermon by Rev. L. Parker, of Derry, — and the 
next day, Rov. Andrew II. Reed, a native of Oakham, 
Mass., was installed pastor. Sermon by Rev. D. Hoot, of 
Dover. Mr. Reed was dismissed Oct. 26, 1836. 

Rev. Anson Sheldon succeeded. He was a native of 


Somers, Ct. He was installed June 28, 1837, ^^^ dismiss- 
ed Oct. 15, 1839. 

Rev. John C. Page, a native of Sandwich, was ordained 
Oct. 6, 1841, — Rood.ofGilmanton, — and 
dismissed May 7, 185 1. A number were added during his 

Rev. David Burt, a native of Monson, Mass., was ordain- 
ed Nov. 5, 185 1, — sermon by Rev. R. D. Hitchcock, of 
Exeler, — and dismissed Feb. 22, 1855. 

Rev. Dana B. Bradford, a native of Hillsborough, was 
installed Dec. 5, 1855, — sermon by Rev. J. P. Cleaveland, 
of Lowell, Mass. In the spring of 1857, a good revival 
interest took place, and several were added to the church* 
Mr. Bradford was dismissed in the summer of 1858. 

Rev. George W. Sargent, a native of Dover, was ordain- 
ed Dec. 21, 1859, — sermon by Prof. Phelps of Andover* 
Mass., — and was dismissed early in 1865. Then nearly two 
years passed without a pastor, but there was a supply by dif- 
ferent ministers. 

Dec. 6, 1866, Rev. Edward D. Chapman, a native of 
East Haddam, Ct., was installed. The sermon was by Rev. 
C. W. Wallace, D. D., of Manchester. In Jan., 1858, a 
good work of grace commenced, and quite an addition was 
made to the church. 

The ministry of Mr. Chapman here, commenced some 
months before his installation, and at the end of three years 
was terminated by his death, Sept. 17, 1869. The people 
of his charge were most happily united in him. 

The next pastor was Rev. Samuel Bowker, installed Nov. 
30, 1870. Sermon by Rev. S. II. Hayes, of Boston. This 
pastorate continued two and one half )'^ears, and terminated 
May, 1873. Mr. Bowker was a native of Phillips, Me. 

In August following Rev. D. B. Dodge began, and sup- 
plied six months. In June, 1874, Rev. W. A. Patten be- 
came acting pastor and is now supplying the church. 

The deacons have been, Ebenezer Prescott, Ebenezer 


Cram, Samuel Nay, Daniel Norris, Thomas Wason, Daniel 
Tilton, John Dearborn, Daniel N. Lane, Horace Gordon, 
Jonathan F. Page, Hayden Higley and W. S. Abbott. 

Fanny McClure, who died in 1814, left a legacy of 200 
dollars to the church ; Joseph Richardson, who died in 1852, 
led 500 dollars, the income to help sustain singing ; Mary 
Patten,who died in 1853, left 100 dollars ; Hon. Joseph Ulake, 
died in 1864, and left 500 dollars ; Martha McClure died in 
1870, and left 1000 dollars; Ezekiel Lane died in 1873, and 
left a bequest, but it is not known as yet what the amount 
will be. 

Present number of members, 142. 



The origin of this church was a religious interest near the 
mountains in Nottingham, under the preaching of Rev. Jere- 
miah Ballard, of Unity, in 1799- The interest extended into 


Candia, Deerfield> and Raymond, and, in 1802, a church 
was formed, the members living in the four towns. Mr. 
Ballard preached in this town a few times, once at a tavern, 
and once in a grove near where E. C. Osgood now lives. In 
1805, Rev. H. D. Buzzell, of Gilmanton, preached here some» 
and Joseph Dudley was appointed Ruling Elder. His duty 
was to lead in meetings when there was no minister, and to 
preside in meetings of business. In 1810, there was a good 
revival interest. Rev. H. D. Buzzell was here part of the 
time ; also Rev. Moses Bean, of Candia. A good number 
united with the church. 

In 1818, the members in Candia and Raymond were 
constituted a church by themselves. In 1823, there was a 
revival. The ministers who officiated here were Rev's M. 
Bean and David Harriman, both of Candia. Several were 
welcomed to the church. 

In 1824, Candia and Raymond divided, and tlic members 
in this town became a separate church. The same year 
Rev. J. B. Prescott, of Monmouth, Me., preached here sev- 
eral months, and welcomed several to the church. 

In 1826, Rev. Arthur Cavemo, of Epsom, preached a 
portion of the time, and several were added. The same 
year a house of worship was erected, and was dedicated in 
Nov., sermons being preached by Rev's J. Bamaby, of 
Deerfield, S. B. Haskell, of Poplin, and D. Harriman, of 

In the spring of 1828, some united with the church.* In 
the autumn of 183 1, at a protracted meeting, T. Robie, was 
ordained. In 1832, there was a revival in which Rev. 
John Knowles labored. In 1834, ^^^* C. Small lived in 
town six months, and preached. 

In the autumn of 1837, Rev. Hiram Holmes, a native of 
Rochester, came, and took charge of the church, and re- 
mained until 1839. 

Not far from this, an unhappy division on church polity 
took place. The result was the forming of a second church 

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of the same name, on the ground where there were not mem- 
bers enough for one efficient church. The second church 
occupied the meeting-house half of the Sabbaths, having, 
in 1842, a licensed preacher, H. B. Brock, a native of Bar- 
rington. In 1843, it had J. O. D. Bartlett, a native of Cen- 
ter Harbor, who was ordained here that year. 

This church numbered 40, but it fell into division, waned 
and lost its visibility. The worthy members, who desired 
it, were received back into the other church. 

Rev. Asa Merrill, of Stratham, supplied some for years, 
till 1844. In the spring of 1845, Rev. B. H. McMurphey, 
a native of Alexandria, came and took charge. He contin" 
ued two years, leaving in 1847. 

Rev. Tobias Foss, a native of Strafford, succeeded in 
1848, and continued five and a half years. In the latter 
part of 1849, ^ revival interest commenced and 28 united 
with the church, a portion of them by letter. Mr. Foss left 
in Sept., 1853. The writer succeeded as stated supply and 
continued nineteen years. In 1858, a good revival brought 
an addition of 12. Rev. John FuUonton, T. Robie, and 
the writer became ministers while members of this church, 
and later, J. Woodbury Scribner. 

The Deacons have been Jeremiah FuUonton, Amos Bach- 
eldor, Jeremiah FuUonton, Jr., Jefferson Healey. Clerks, — 
Jeremiah FuUonton, Rev. H. Holmes, Jeremiah FuUonton, 
Jr., M. V. B. Gilo. Membership, 39. 

It has been seen that the author of this History came up 
in this church. An Autobiography is not to be written, but 
a few items may be put down. The Psalmist said, **I am 
as a wonder unto many.** We are a wonder to none but our- 
selves. Thirsting for knowledge, an Academy was attend- 
ed part of three terms. Engaged in teaching ; poorly quali- 
fied ; studied and taught, taught and studied, carrying books 
on the road, into fields and to bed to study. Talked with the 
learned for improvement, studied the trees, plants, flowers, 
winds, clouds and stars. Continued thus, teaching and 



Studying much for 25 years. Engaged in the ministry ; no 
chance for Theological training in the denomination of our 
choice then, so studied as best we could. Ordained at Dan- 
ville, Feb. 16, 1837, continued there six years, then held a 
pastorate in Acton, Me., four years. Lostall voice for public 
spealung, and came here in Jan. 1847. 

Rev. Benj. S. Hanson, a native of Limington, Me.^ came 
here in the spring of i}7ii and here he still resides. He has 
been in the ministry about 50 years. In acdve service he 
had nine pastorates, one of which, in Limington, Me., his 
native town, continued 15 years. He has mostly retired, 
preaching only occasionally. It is pleasant, in advancing 
years, to look back on a lile spent in a good work, in the 
highest of callings, and to hope that some good has been 



Persons of Methodist sentiments have lived in town for 
more than 50 years. The greater part of these lived in the 


Branch District, and attended meetings in Poplin and Ches- 
ter. Mr. J. F. Lane attended at Epping. 

In 1840, Rev. A. Plumer, of Poplin, held meetings here 
with some good results. Rev. L. H. Gordon, moved into . 
town in 1841, and supplied for several months. The interest 
declined, and Mr. Gordon moved to Epping. Rev. Wm. 
French, of Sandown supplied some, but after a while the 
meetings were given up. 

The present church began in 1848. At the town meeting 
in March, it was voted to give all the right and title the 
town had to the town meeting-house, as a house of worship, 
to the Methodist Society the ensuing year. Meetings com- 
menced early in the summer. The Conference appointed a 
Mr. Hoyt, but after a short time he left, and the Presiding 
Elder obtained, for the remainder of the year. Rev. J. S. 
Loveland, a native of Stoddard. Near the close of the 
year, it was decided to erect a house of worship. Nov. 7, 
the town voted to sell the Society land, for the purpose, 
where the Pound then stood. Soon there was much conten- 
tion as to that vote, and some action on it at different town 
meetings that followed, and on the 2 2d of Jan. the vote was 

In 1849, ^^^ minister was Rev. James Adams, a native of 
Williamstown, Vt. The house of worship was built this year, 
and dedicated in the autumn, the sermon being preached by 
Rev. J. S. Loveland. Near the close of the year, a good 
work of grace commenced, which resulted in the addition of 
many worthy members. 

In 1850 and '51, the preacher was Rev. J. C. Emerson, a 
native of Canterbury; in 1852, Rev. G. W. T. Rogers, a 
native of Ilolderness ; in 1853 and '54, Rev. Elijah Mason, a 
native of Cavendish, Vt.-; in 1855 and '56, Rev. Simon P, 
Heath, a native of Lyman, — some additions ; — in 1857, Rev* 
Charles Young, a native of Edinburg in Scotland. A reviv- 
al this year made an addition of large numbers. In 1858 and 
'59, Rev, L. L. Eastman, a native ol Canaan, had charge ; 


in i86o> Rev. N. L. Chase, a native of Unity ; in 1861 and 
'62, Rev* N. M. Bailey, a native of Thompson, Ct ; in 1863 
and '64, Rev. James Adams, the second time; in 1865, 
Rev. R. J. Donaldson, a native of Everton, England ; in 
1866, '67 and '68, Rev. G. W. Ruland, a native of Brook- 
haven, N. Y. ; in 1869 and '70, Rev. Eleazer Smith, a na- 
tive of Marlow; in 1871, Rev. Josiah Higgins, a native of 
Bucksport,' Me. ; in 1872, Rev. Wm. Hewes, a native of Bos- 
ton ; in 1873, meetings suspended, and in 1874, Rev. Wm. H. 
H. Collins, a native of Washington. Number of mem- 
bers, 87. 

Rev. Rufus Tilton, for more than 30 years a Methodist 
preacher, was a native of this town. 

. Rev. J. S. Loveland, an early pastor of this church, with- 
drew from the denomination, and has since been actively 
connected with the Spiritualists in Boston and vicinity. 

Rev. Elijah Mason, a former pastor, died in Rockport, 
Mass., Feb. 15, 1863, aged 54. 

Rev. G. W. T. Rogers, also pastor, died in Salem, N. H., 
in 1868. 

Rev. Abraham Folsom, a native of Tunbridge, Vt., moved 
here in 1863. He has since preached in Epping, Auburn, 
Rye, Chester, Fremont and Salem. He died, March, 1872. 

Rev. Matthew Newhall, a native of Claremont, took up 
his residence here in 1863. For some years he has been 
superannuated. In 1873, he went to Greenland. 

John D. Folsom, a native of the town, prepared for col- 
lege ; is a Methodist ; has preached considerably, a portion 
of 1868 in Exeter, and then went to the Drew Theological 
Seminary in New Jersey, where he graduated. He is 
preaching in Pennsylvania. 


From an early period, there have been some Universalists 
in town. In 1827, Rev. T. G. Famsworth, of Haverhill, 


Mass., preached a Sabbath in the Baptist church. In 1854, 
the Rockingham County Association of Universalists was 
held here. The services were in the Methodist church, and 
continued two days. There have been occasional supplies of 
preaching besides, but at long intervals. 

In 1857, a Society was formed with corporate powers. 
Thirty, in a few days, became members, but not quite all 
now reside in town. The Clerks have been Wm^ Titcomb, 
Geo. S. Robie. 




Rrv. Neiiemiah Ordway. Mr. Ordway was a native of 
Amcsbury, Mass., graduated at Harvard College in 1764, 
and was ordained at Middleton, N. H., in 1778. It is not 
certain that a Congregational church was constituted there, 
and we have not the year of his leaving, but it is certain he 
did not preach there many years. He preached in East 
Haverhill, Mass., from 1789 to 1794. He then came to this 
town and preached to the Congregational church till 1797. 
He was not settled as pastor, but was stated supply. 

After this he preached some as there were openings. A 
daughter of his had married Dr. John Pillsburjs and, as ad- 
vancing years came on, he went to live with him in Candia, 


and last in Pembroke, where he died in 1836, aged 93. 
His wile died some years before. 

Rev. Jonathan Stickney. According to a work on the 
Genealogy of the family of this name> the first in this 
country was William, who came over about 1637, was first 
in Boston, and came with the first settlers to Rowley, Mass., 
in 1643. One branch of his family lived in Newbury, and 
a branch of that came to Epping, where the name has been 
ever since. 

Jonathan Stickney was bom in Newbury, Sept. 17, 1760. 
From what appears, his parents were pious, and he was 
favored with some religious instruction. He entered the 
married State with Miss Elizabeth Chipman. Six children 
were bom, and in 1796 his wife died. After a time, he 
married Miss Hannah Peck. She came with him to this 
town and became the mother of two children. 

Mr. Stickney was a goldsmith by trade, and it is said was 
a very good workman. His work was much on gold and 
silver hollow ware. A brother of his served an apprentice- 
ship to the same business with him. 

So he lived.ingenious and industrious,till 40 years of age. 
There is evidence that as a Christian he was active. Among 
other activities he planned and helped forward **The Adel- 
phic Society." So far as now appears, this was mainly for 
acquiring a knowledge of religion and extending it in New- 
buryport where he lived . 

The Militia business was quite an affair for years after the 
Revolution. He belonged to a company of Artillery, be- 
came Lieutenant and finally Captain. 

But there were workings in his mind, how long we do not 
know, relative to a higher work, the sacred ministry. He 
made some preparation, probably by the aid of a private 
teacher. He visited Raymond, his labors were acceptable, 
he received a call, accepted, and, Oct. 22, 1800, was or- 

His ministry here was very successful. A very extensive 


work of grace took place, as has been noticed in the history 
of the Congregational church. His ministry lasted seven 
years. Consumption was upon him, and he asked a dismission, 
which was granted. He preached his farewell sermon, Oct. 
22, 1807. He was about to retire to Newbury port, and many 
were in great sorrow, as the conviction was felt that they 
should see his face no more. 

He lingered till March ii, when he finished his course. 
The record is, that *«he died March ii, 1808, 20 minutes 
past 5, p. M." His age was 47 years. His will was made 
in 1806, while living here. In the inventory of his 
property after his decease, mention is made of land and 
buildings on Middle Street, Ncwburyport, library, silver 
plate, &c. 

Mr. Stickney's youngest child, Moses P., was born in 
Raymond in 1802. He worked on watches and jewelry in 
Boston and other places, and died in New Orleans in 1832. 

Sixty-seven years have passed since Mr. Stickney left 
this place. All through these years he has been affection- 
ately remembered. What particular excellences there 
were in him, we have not been able to learn, but believe he 
was pious, exemplary and preached the truth in love, and 
lived to do good. "The memory of the just is blessed." 

Rev. Seth Farnsworth was born in Charlestown, N. 
H., Jan. 14, 1795. His ancestors were among the first set- 
tlers of that town in 1746. In 1746, Stephen Farnsworth 
was taken prisoner by the Indians, and Samuel Farnsworth 
was killed. In 1754, Ebenezer Farnsworth was carried in- 
to captivity by the Indians, with Mrs. Johnson and others, 
an account of which was afterwards published in a book. 

The subject of this notice became hopefully pious at the 
age of 21 ; soon commenced a preparation for college ; enter- 
ed Dartmouth in 1818, and graduated in 1822. The class 
numbered 45, 23 of whom became ministers. Judge Ira 
Perley was of this class. 

He studied theology under the instruction of President 


Tyler, of Dartmouth College ; was licensed in 1823 ; preach- 
ed awhile in various towns in Vermont till the next year, 
when he came to this town, and was ordained pastor of the 
Congregational church, Nov. 3, 1824. He married Miss 
Amanda Utley of Hanover. He retained the pastorate ten 
years and was dismissed in 1834. He was a good man, and 
a plain, faithful preacher ; and the Society prospered during 
the time of his pastorate. All was quietness and peace, and 
there was a unanimous desire that he should remain; 

After leaving, he supplied at Essex, Vt., one year. Nov. 
22, 1836, he was installed pastor of the church in Hillsbor- 
ough, N. H. In less than four months, he was taken sick 
with lung fever. Medical skill was baffled ; the anxieties of 
friends and an affectionate congregation could not save him. 
His death was remarkably triumphant. When told that his 
recovery was doubtful, he said, **The will of the Lord be 
done." Afterwards he said, **0 my God, how sweet is the 
employment of heaven." Desiring to depart, he said, **0 
my soul I when wilt thou be at rest? Come, blessed Sav- 
iour ! Oh, that I had wings I I would fly to thine arms.** 
Later he lay as if listening to distant music and trying to 
catch the song. Opening his eyes, he said, **My friends, I 
thought I was in glory. I have just come from the world of 
bliss. What happiness to sing with the angels I Could I 
mount up with them, I would join in their praise." A little 
later he said, **What views I have had of heaven I I have 
been swimming, yes, I have been swimming in an ocean of 
bliss." He died March 16, 1837, aged 42. His widow did 
not long survive, dying Jan. 17, 1838. They had three 
daughters, one of whom died in this town in 1831. 

Rev. Nehemiah Leavitt. He was bom in this 
town in 1773. When about five years of age, his father 
died in the army of the Revolutionary war. The family 
was left poor, and young Nehemiah was often sent to beg 
food from house to house. His opportunities for education 
were very limited, but he learned to cead and write. At the 

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age of 27, he was married to Polly Sleeper, of Andover, 
N. II. In 1803, he was living in lloyalton, Vt., where he 
made a public profession of religion, united with the Meth- 
odist church, and, for many years after, was a class leader. 
Later he was ordained a local preacher. After this he lived 
in Smyrna, Me.^ and other towns, and finally, in 1857, 
moved to East llumford, in that state, and there died, Feb. 
10, 1858, aged 85. His wife died two or three months 
previously. They had ten children. He was a good man 
and lived to do good. A son, David Leavitt, is living in 
Fremont, on what is called the Carr Farm. 

Rev. Joseph Merrill was born in the Branch District^ 
Sept. 7, 1779. His father, James Merrill, died when Joseph 
was 10 years of age ; and at 18 he left town and went to 
Farmington, Me. His trade was that of a carpenter. When 
21, he professed the Christian's hope, and united with the 
Methodist church, in Vienna, Me. At 23, he married 
Abigail Currier, of Chester, N. H., and soon left the Meth- 
odists and united with the denomination called Christians. 
He commenced preaching, and, in 181 1, took up his resi- 
dence in Canaan, Me., where he was ordained, Feb. 16, 
181 2. He made that town his home until death, and in it 
he had regular appointments for preaching during 48 years, 
although he preached much in other places. He kept no 
record, but his judgment was that he administered the rite 
of baptism to as many as 1500 persons, and welcomed them 
to various churches. About a year before his death, his leg 
was broken by being thrown from a carriage, but as soon as 
able to be out, he was engaged in preaching, sitting in a 
chair. He died Nov. 22, 1859, aged 80. 

Rev. Jedediah B. Prescott was a native of this 
town, and was born April 10, 1784. All of his privileges 
at school were before he was 16, and from female teachers. 
Some of his associates at the school of Mrs. Amelia Tovvle 
long remembered him as a bright-eyed lad, of quick per- 
ception, but dillident and unobtrusive. His father died when 

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he was young, and he was apprenticed to the shoemaker 
and tanner's trade, in Brentwood. On completing this, he 
went to work in Readfield, Me., in 1804; became hopefully 
pious; in 1807, married Miss Mary Graves, of Brentwood, 
N. H.| and went to reside in Vienna, Me. In 1811, he 
moved to Monmouth, commenced preaching, and was 
ordained Nov. 2, 1817. In 1828, his wife died. The next 
year he married Sally Stevens, of Epping, N. II. He died 
June 19, 1861, aged 77. He had six children by his second 
wife. He did not despise education, but often said he might 
have been more useful if he had been favored with it. He 
was a close Bible student, deep in religious experience, 
earnest and affectionate in his sermons, instructive in con- 
versation, and exemplary in his deportment. He belonged 
to the Christian denomination. The late Elisha Prescott 
was one of his brothers. 

Rbv. Samuel Fogg was grandson of Major Josiah 
T^oggf and was bom where Rev. M. Newhall lately re- 
sided. He went to Maine early in life, and in process of 
time, professing a work of saving grace, he united with a 
Baptist church. In 1821, he was ordained to the work of 
the ministry in Thomaston. In 1826, he settled in Green, 
where he continued about three years. About the year 
1829, he moved to Winthrop, and preached there and in that 
vicinity till about 1834. He did not take pastoral charge 
after that, but labored as an evangelist, and at times was an 
agent for various religious enterprises. Late in life, he dwelt 
for a season in Holden, Mass. Ketuming to Maine, he died 
in the autumn of 1868, aged about 75. 

Rev. Henry True was born in the Branch District. 
When young his life was discreet and well regulated. He 
married Mary Whittier. His religious associations were 
with the Methodists. He went to Maine, became a preacher, 
and during the most of his ministry was connected with the 
Maine Conference. He died in New York City, Jan. 3, 
l86i> aged 72. 



Rbv. True Glidden lived where he was born, in 
the Branch District. On becoming a subject of renewing 
grace, he gave good evidence that the ministry was his high 
calling, and cheerfully and zealously devoted himself to the 
work. But his labors were soon ended. What seemed the 
commencement of a glorious career of usefulness was 
stopped by disease, and he was obliged to lay aside his 
armor. He died in great peace, in Chester, Sept. 8, 1806, 
aged 24. A slate stone marks his resting place in the 
Branch graveyard. 

Rev. Asa Merrill was born on what is now called 
the Currier place, at the Branch. His father was Levi 
Merrill, who married Hannah Bccin, daughter of Lieutenant 
Benjamin Bean. His parents moved to Shaplcigh, now 
Acton, Me., when he was but a few months old. His edu- 
cational advantages were obtained .only at the district school. 
His judgment was good, his mind clear and penetrating. 
Becoming hopefully pious, he united with the Freewill 
Baptist churcli. His wife was Hcpzibeth Hubbard, of 
Shapleigh. He preached a few years, but was not ordained. 
One incident will appear strange now. Some with whom 
he was associated, thought that ministers ought not to have 
a salary, or receive anything for preaching. In the town 
was a ministerial fund. Division of its income was made 
among the different societies, and one year a few dollars 
were paid to him. At once there was such a commotion, 
amounting to a cry of ** hirelingism," that he felt obliged to 
still the complaints by explaining that he meant no harm. 
Probably he/hll he had done no wrong. He had nine children, 
and died in Shapleigh, Me., Oct. 10, 1820, aged 42. 

Kev. David RomE was the son of Nathan Robie, 
who lived first north then west of York's Corner. His 
early years were spent in town. Afterwards he hired out 
as a laborer in Sandown. He became a Methodist licensed 
preacher, and married Sarah P. Emery, of Chester. His 
work was soon finished. Attending Court at Exeter, and 


having leisure time, he went to Hampton Beach. While 
bathing in the sea, he was probably seized with cramp, and 
drowned. This was Aug. 13, 1834. His age was 37. He 
was brought to this place and buried. 

Eev. Thomas F. Kbynolds. His father resided in town 
for a few years, and here Thomas was bom. When in his 
teens he lived with his parents in Candia. He served an 
apprenticeship at the blacksmith's trade in Chester, where 
he united with the Baptist church. In 1835, ^^ commenced 
preaching, considering that was his calling, having previous- 
ly united with the Freewill Baptist church in Fremont His 
residence was in Chester, and he was ordained in Fremont 
in 1851. He had good business capacity, preached as he 
had opportunity, and died in Chester, Aug. 27, 1864, aged 
51. A son of his. Dr. T. O. Iteynolds, is practicing 
physician of Kingston. Pr. KeynoWs* wife was Miss Fanny 
Smith, of liaymond. 

Silas Willey came here probably from Pittsfield ; was 
a cloth-dresser; lived where Mr. Pettingill does, and 
preached for a time, about 1810. In 1820, he moved into 
Maine, and was a licensed preacher in the Christian denom- 
ination. His last visit here was about the year 1840. He 
died not long after, with the reputation of a good man. 

Kev. Edwakd D. Chapman. His native place was East 
Haddam, Ct., a town of rough land, considerably hilly, and 
adapted better to pasturage than tillage, having water privi- 
leges and some manufactures. Its population is about 
3,000. His journey in life commenced March 16, 1816. 
When young, his disposition of mind was kind, and he was 
free from many vices in which children indulge. At the 
early age of eight years, he was religiously inclined, and, 
like Josiah, a king of Israel at that age, sought the Lord, 
and obtained a hope of pardon and acceptance with God. 
He wished to unite with the church, but some thought him 
too young; the matter was delayed, which he soon found 
was against his spiritual prosperity. Some years later, his 


hopes in the Saviour were revived, and he united with the 
Congregational church in his native town. He had some 
literary advantages, and became qualified to teach. He 
was earnest to do good in every possible way. The ministry 
presented itself, and he felt called to that work. He had 
not a collegiate education, but studied theology with a 
private teacher. In 1852, at the age of 26, he was licensed 
to preach by the Middlesex Association, in Connecticut. 
Modest and unassuming, yet faithful and true to the in- 
terests committed to his trust, the way of success opened 
before him. In 1852, he was inducted into the ofBce of 
pastor of the Congregational church in Farmington, Pa., 
which pastorate continued four years. He next took charge 
in Sinclairville, N. Y., where he did not intend to remain 
long, as he wished to return to New England. His labors, ' 
however, proving acceptable, he continued eight years. 
Before the time closed, he was at a general council, held in 
Boston, where he met with liev. D. Burt, a former pastor in 
Kaymond. By him he lirst heard of Itaymond, then, or 
soon to be, destitute of a pastor in the Congregational 
church. He kept the place in mind, and Providential draw- 
ings were this way. '* Come over into Macedonia and help 
us," was the call to Paul at onetime. *' Come over and 
help us," was the gendecall to Mr. Chapman. Concluding 
to leave Sinclairville, he came East, preached here for the 
first time about the middle of September, 1666, and after 
two or three Sabbaths, received a call to be pastor, and was 
installed Dec. 6. He preached here about three years. 
His sermons were not marked for ability, and those not ac- 
quainted with him were not, at first, specially interested. 
He assumed notliing, but appeared just what he was, the 
friend of God and man. His slrenglh as a minister was in 
his piety, his warm-heartedness and sincere devotion. He 
was remarkable for the uniformity and consistency of his 
course. What he was in one sermon, he was in all, — loving 
and good. What he was one day, he was all days. Ex- 



emplary in his deportment, kind in his intercourse with all, 
he won tlie esteem of all. Three years of labor here ended, 
and he was not, for the Most High took him. His illness 
was severe, lasting for two or three weeks. Calm and trust- 
ful, he neared the river of death. ** Come, sing to me of 
heaven," was the substance of the invitation to the choir one 
Sabbath morning. They gathered near his sick room, and 
sang, near his dissolution. 

" Faith looks upwanl, sees his crown, 
Ilis treasure fur above.** 

Articulation had failed, but he pointed above and went to 
rest, Sept. 17, 1869. The funeral services were on the 
Sabbath, September 19. The church was filled to over- 
flowing. Rev. C. W. Wallace, D. D., of Manchester, 
preached from the text, ** For he was a good man, and full 
of the Holy Ghost and of faith, and much people was added 
to the Lord." Rev. J. Chapman, of Deerfield, Rev. L. 
Armsby, of Candia, Rev. J. H. Steams, of Epping, and 
the ministers of the place assisted. Mr. Chapman was 53 
years of age, was married twice ; his last wife and two 
daughters by his first wife survive him. A Thanksgiving 
Discourse, delivered by him at Sinclairville, N. Y., Dec. 7, 
1865, was printed. 

Rev. Abraham Folsom was born in Tunbridge, Vt., 
April 16, 1794. He was the oldest of a large family of 
children, and in early life was required to work to assist in 
their maintenance. His educational privileges were obtained 
at the common school, and were limited even at that ; but, be" 
fore arriving at manhood, he had a taste for reading, w hich he 
improved to the extent of his means. He served an apprentice- 
ship at printing, and became a journeyman printer in New 
York City, and afterwards in Claremont, N. H. For a time 
he was entangled in the meshes of skepticism, but his well- 
balanced mind, logical process of reasoning, and the 
power of grace, overcame unbelief. God, Nature and 
Revelation were more than a match for skepticism 

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while he yielded to their teachings. His heart was sur- 
rendered, he became a Christian, and united with the 
Methodist church. In process of time, he felt a call to the 
ministry. He was past 40 years when he entered upon the 
work, laboring at first as an assistant to another preacher, 
and afterwards in the following places, serving in some one 
year, in others two, — Hudson, Pembroke, Hampton, Henni- 
ker, Rindge, Chesterfield, Marlow, Suncook, Chichester, 
Hooksctt, Enfield, Dracut, Mass., Londonderry, North 
Salem, Hampstead, and, in 1862, at Danville. In 1863, he 
purchased a home in Raymond, and took up his residence 
here. He still had appointments, — two years at Epping, 
where the society was strengthened under his labors ; at 
Rye one year ; at Auburn one ; at Chester, at Fremont, and 
last at North Salem, where he finished his work the last 
Sabbath but one in the Conference year. Mr. Folsom was 
not an educated man, that is, at the schools. But he studied 
human nature and understood the deep mazes of the mind. 
He studied things all around him. lie was a diligent 
reader, had a retentive memory,and treasured up the knowl- 
ledge he gained, for enjoyment and for use. It may be said, 
then, he was self-made, or self-educated. This is often the 
best kind of education. His general knowledge was im- 
mense. But few with whom we ever conversed were so in- 
structive in what is desirable for conversation. His preach- 
ing abilities were respectable. No small things were said, 
so far as we knew, and he loved his work. But it has 
come to pass in these years, that it seems a fault to be old. 
The demand is for young men in the pulpit. They must be 
smart and fascinating, and if gay, or vain of their attain- 
ments, it is no drawback. As Cowper says, they may *' skip 
up into the pulpit," say **hem,*' **read what they never wrote, 
and skip down again." All right if they excite and please. 

Charles II., of England, was not very active in the 
affairs of State. But Macaulay, a historian, says of 
him, he was a great walker. He was frequently thus en- 


gagedy and those privileged as his attendants, could not 
keep up with him. We have no doubt Mr. Folsom could 
have beaten him. He exceeded all we have known in late 
years in this exercise. Much over 70 years ol age, he 
would walk to and from his Sabbath services, ten, fifteen 
and twenty miles. Sometimes, besides the two services, he 
would hold a class meeting, a third meeting in the evening, 
then walk home, arriving at 11 or 12 o'clock at night. He 
might not. walk as fast as King Charles, but he would hold 
out long. With measured tread and comparative ease to 
himself, steadily and quietly he went forward. If, some- 
times, when destitute of much of this world's goods, his lot 
seemed hard, inwardly, 

" Ho shoated as he joameyed, 
• Doliveninco will oonie." 

Mr. Folsom's last Sabbath of labor was at North Salem, 
' March 24, 1872. On the way to the third meeting, he was 
attacked with pneumonia. He reached home on Monday, 
and the next Sabbath, March 31, 1872, passed from us. 
His age was 77 years. By some strange management by 
others, no funeral services were held, save a prayer in the 
presence of a few, and his remains were taken to West* 
Amesbury, Mass., but, by the approval of the New Hamp- 
shire Methodist Conference, they were removed to Hampton. 
His widow survives him. 


Dr. Francis IIodgkins' native place was Ipswich, Mass. 
where he studied the Medical Profession. He came here 
as the first physician about 1770. The war commenced, 
and he went to Boston and was appointed Surgeon's Mate, 
and as such was engaged in attending on the wounded in 
the battle of Bunker Hill in June, 1775. But he continued 
in the service only about six weeks. He was faithful to the 
sick, but had not a great love for the business. After some 

OF llAYMOND. 105 

years he relinquished the profession, moved to Sandwich, 
and after a time, back to this town, where he spent the re- 
mainder of life. He died Oct. 8, 1812, aged 61. A son of 
his, the late Abraham Ilodgkins, lived in town. 

Dr. Benjamin Page was born in Kensington. He was 
a surgeon in the Army of the Revolution for a time, and 
was such at the battles of Bennington and Ticonderoga. He 
lived in Chester awhile, but came here about 1789, and 
lived a little east of where Dean Smith formerly resided, 
and continued a few years. After this he was in Exeter, 
Me. This was about 1798. In 1802, he was in Hallowell, 
and died there, Oct. 28, 1824, aged 78. 

Dr. Phineas Trull, was born in Tuxbury, Mass., Sept. 
I, 1 781. He studied his profession with Dr. George Kit- 
tredge of Epping. Having finished his studies, he commenc- 
ed practice here in 1805. He was Town Clerk three years, 
ending March, 1813. He continued in town till 1819, when 
he moved to Newmarket, (the part now South Newriiarket,) 
and was in practice there till his last sickness. He died 
Sept. 3, 1848, aged 67. His wife's name was Nancy Jenness* 
She survived him but 11 days. They had five children. 
Dr. Trull was a man of true politeness, pleasant in his ad- 
dress, and unwearied in his exertions to relieve the sick and 
the suffering. 

Dr. Edmund Randolph Bowell was a native of Salem, 
N. II. At the proper age, he commenced the study of medi- 
cine with Dr. Wm. Graves of Deerfield. Having finished, 
he remained with Dr. G. about one year, assisting him in 
his extensive practice. Ue then came to this town. It was 
about the year 1822. He married a daughter of Mr. Nehe- 
miah Cockran of Pembroke. In 1825, he left and went to 
Fishcrsficld, N. II. (now Newbury), where he died of con- 
sumption, Dec. 16, 1826, aged 32. His widow returned to 
her father's, and died about five years later. The number of 
children was two, the oldest of which died in this town, 
Jan. 1, 1825. 


Dr. Stephen Gale was a native of East Kingston. He 
came to town in 1824, and was here about 22 years, with the 
exception of one year in the time, in which he practiced in 
East Kingston, and another, later, in Gloucester, Mass. FTe 
was thorough in the theory of the healing art, and rigidly 
applied the rules in practice. He was industrious ; attended 
faithfully to his business ; had an extensive practice ; and 
was quite successful. His wife was Miss Sarah Kimball, of 
Gloucester, Mass., who died Aug. 20, 1843, aged 39. The 
Doctor fell sick while attending Court at Exeter, and died 
at the house of Sherbum Blake, Esq., Feb. 25, 1846, aged 
47. His remains were brought here for burial. The chil- 
dren were two, one died here. 


This dwelling was erected somewhat early, a part of it at 
least ; atid it is believed that Samuel Dudley built the first 
part. It was occupied by his brother, Judge Dudley, then 
by E^q. Moses Dudley, and by J. Tucker Dudley, who took 
it down and erected his present dwelling. 

The picture is that of the dwelling and surroundings in 
winter. The wood-pile is before the door as common then, 
also cows, common at that period. Mr. Young, long em- 
ployed as help, is chopping wood, Esq. Moses Dudley is seen 
with wood in his arms for the fire, while on the left a load of 
wood, drawn by four oxen, is coming towards the house. 
The room occupied by Judge Dudley as a sitting room, and 
where he entertained visitors, and long occupied by Esq. 
Moses Dudley for his extensive reading, is seen in front on 
the extreme right. 


Samuel Dudley. It has been seen from the account 
given of early operations in this town, that Col. Stephen 
Dudley purchased what is now the town, of an Indian, in 



171 7, 157 years ago. The Dudley family has been identi- 
fied with the history of tlie town from the beginning. No 
other family has existed in the place all through, nor has 
the town conferred so many offices on any family. 

The Dudleys in this country are the descendants of Gov. 
Thomas Dudley. There is no evidence that they are con- 
nected with those in England in the time of Edward VI., &c., 
which we shall name in Chapter XV. that part which relates 
to the Dudley Family. We say no evidence, yet some, in 
research, think there is conection. 

Gov. Thomas Dudley was bom in England in 1576, came 
to this country in 1630, was Provincial Governor of Massa- 
chusetts some years, and died in 1653, aged 77. John Far- 
mer^ an antiquarian of New Hampshire, states that Gov. 
Jona Belcher wrote an epitaph for him. We do not know 
as it was used. It was this : 

"Here lies Thomas Dudley, that irasty old stud, 
A bargain is a bargain and must be made good.** 

Samuel, son of Gov. Thomas, was bom in England in 
1606, came over with his father, settled in the ministry at 
Exeter in 1650, and died in 1683, aged 77. lie was mar- 
. ried three times and had 18 children. 

Stephen, the son of the above by his third wife, was born 
in Exeter, and died there in 1734. He had three wives and 
eleven children. He was the grandfather of Samuel Dud- 
ley, now to be noticed, and also of Judge John Dudley, and 
having named his death, a copy of his Will may be in- 
serted here as a matter of interest : 

'*In the name of GrOd Am«n I Stephen Dudley of Exeier in the Province 
of New Hampshire in New England being weak of body but of Sound & 
perfect mind & memory praise be given to almighty God knowing there- 
fore that it is appointed unto man once to Dye do make & ordain this my 
Last will & Testament in manner So form as foUoweth that is to Say lor 
principally I commit my Soul into the hand of God who gave hoping for 
the pardon and forgiveness of all my Sins in & through the merits of Je- 
sus Christ my Saviour & Rodemor & my body I Commit to the Rartli to 


be Decently buried at the Direction of my Executrix hereafter named & 
as for the worldly Goods & Estate wherewith it hatli Pleased God to be- 
trost me with I give & bequeath as followeth 

Inipr My will is that all my just & honest Debts be x)aid & my funeral 
Charges Defraid 

Item Istly' I give unto my son Nicholas Dudley five shilling^) he having 
received his part already 

Item 2ly I give unto my two grandsons John & Davidson Dudley sons 
of James Dudley & Stephen Dudley Eacli of them five shilUngs their hay- 
ing received their portions in Iheir life limes 

Item 3ly I give unto my two Sons James Dudley & Tmoworthy Dudley 
my Dwelling hoMso & housing & all my Lands & meddows thereto be- 
longing after the Decase of my well beloved wife mary Dudley except- 
ing five acres hereafter to bo Disposed of 

Item lly I give uulo my Daughters Joanna perry man Eti^^aboth Gilman 
& Sarah Gitmin to each of them five p!)unds to bo paid unto them by their 
two brothers James & Timothy in two years aller my wifes Discease. 

Item 51y I give unto my Grandaughter Sarah Dudley the Daughter of 
my son Joseph Dudley Deceased five pounds to be paid within two years 
atfer my wifes Decease by my two sons James Dudley and Tmoworthy 
Dudley whom I Require to pay all Legacies in this will 

Finally I give unto my well beloved wife Mary Dudley my house Out 
housing and all my Lands Sg Meddows During the time of her Natural 
Life also five acres of Land adjoining to Uio Land of Martha Beau which 
she bought of me & to have ten Ilods fronting upon the way & so running 
back till it makes five acres to be wholly at her disposal forever & 1 also 
give her my well beloved wife all my movable Estate to be wholly at her 
Disposal forever & I do by these Present.s make Constitute & approve her 
my well beloved wife Mary Dudley the Sole Executrix of this my last will 
& Testament hereby Revoking & Disannuliug all former wills & Testa- 
ments by me heretofore nuule In Conformation whereof I have to tliis my 
last will & Testiunont Ti^t my hand Sc seal this Seventeenth day of fobu- 
ary Anno Domini one thousand seven hundred thirty four five 

Signed Sealed & owned in tlie Presence of Cartee Gilman Timothy Leay- 

itt Jolm Luf kin 



This Stephen Dudley died probably not long after, as the 
Will was proved May 13. The Judge of Probate was Ben- 
jamin Gambling ; the Register, John Penhallow. 

We wish to insert another paper of some interest here. 
James Dudley, son of the above Stephen, was father of 


Samuel Dudley, Judge Dudley and Joseph, all of whom 
came to this town. We have not the date of James Dudley's 
death, but it was probably about 1746. He was a Lieut, in 
the Militia and a cooper by trade. His personal and real 
estate was appraised June 13, 1746. The following bill of 
appraisal will show what he possessed : 

A 60a 

Coopers tools an adz, ax and bowel, 

Frow, heading knife, bang borer, 

Crowsier, share, tenant saw, jointer. 

Half roand shaye, hollow shave Ac., 

Cmsefc, implements, joint hoops. 

Warming pan, ax, brass worl: and tankard. 

Two dishes, a bason, old qaart carboose box, steelyards, 

Fillion, stuff for sails, grindstone. 

Two notes against Aaron Yoang, 

Note against Davidson Dudley, 

Note against Josiah Moody, 

Note against Ebenozor llnckins. 

House and shop. 

Ten acres at Candlemas meadow. 

Ten acres near Candlemas meadow, 

A place near Phillips & Grordon, 

Note against his son John, 

Throe hundred clapbonnls. 

Broad ax. 

Coopers tools and siindrios, 

Half of a right iu Oilmantown, 

Two thirds of a house at froctown, 

A hogshead. 

Total £263 11 

His son John, afterwards here and Judge, was administra- 
tor of the estate. 

It is seen in an account given of early purchases in this 
place that this James Dudley bought quite a territory of land 
here. That was in 1718. Probably that had long before 
his death passed into other hands. His son Samuel very 
likely owned a part of it, and it appears from the appraise- 
ment that he himself owned two-thirds of a house here, — 
put down in in the bill **freetown.'* 

£ 6 





































Samuel Dudley was born in Exeter in 1720. He was a 
man of great energy and very enterprising. It appears 
that he was in this town as early as 1744* ^^ ^^^ married 
a Miss Ladd, and his oldest child, Daniel, was the first child 
born here of whom we have an account. 

It appears that afterward he lived in Brentwood, as, in 
1751, in that town, he gave a deed of a part of a saw mill 
in this place to his brother John, afterwards Judge. That 
deed will be inserted in the account of Judge Dudley. In 
the last years here, he lived in the west part and built a por- 
tion, at least, of the Dudley house of which a view is given. 

This house was taken down and a new one erected by 
James T. Dudley, Esq., in 1855. ^^* Dudle3'was a soldier 
in the expedition that captured Louisburg in 1745. In 1760, 
this town being then a part of Chester, he commenced a suit 
at law against the Selectmen, because they had not estab- 
lished a Grammar school. The result of the suit can not be 
given, but it is likely they were fined, as the town voted not 
to secure them from it. He was M(>dcralor at the first town 
meeting after the incorporation. 

He was surveyor of the highway, and built the first 
bridge near Mr. Pecker's, charging it to the town, but as 
they refused to pay, he sued, and at court recovered. 

Mr. Dudley moved to Maine ; his first wife died, and he 
married Mrs. Sleeper. The latter dying, he married Mrs. 
<*Vlark. He had 10 children. He died in 1797, aged 77. 

Three of his descendants became Free Baptist ministers. 
Moses moved from Maine to Ohio in i8i5, and died in 
Hamilton in 1842, aged 64. Thomas moved from Maine to 
Ohio in 1853, and died in Pagetown in i860, aged 77. Da- 
vid was living in Michigan a few years since, but probably 
is now dead. 

Hon. John DuDLEy, brother of the foregoing, was 
born in Exeter, April 9, 1725. He learned to read, and 
that was about the extent of his education till he was old 


enough to be a hired laborer of Daniel Gilnian» grandfather 
of John T. Gilman, afterwards Governor, of the State. Mr. 
Gilman found that young Dudley had a mind far above the 
average of young men, and that he was very desirous to 
obtain knowledge. He, therefore, gave him such benefits as 
his family afforded, which were highly appreciated and im- 
proved to the greatest advantage. He was also admitted to 
the circles of a class of eminent persons who were visitors 
to his employer's house, and by this he gained much of the 
political and general information that laid the foundation of 
his future fame. 

June 22, i849> ^^^ married Elizabeth Gilman, and opened 
a grocery store. Honest and industrious, success attended 
him. Misfortune, however, came, and much of his property 
was swept away by fire, but he always met disaster with 
quietness. Integrity and courage were left, and he perse- 
vered, and again prospered. 

It has been already seen that his father, James Dudley, 
had made a large purchase in what is now Raymond, and 
that his brother Samuel had resided here. In i75i,John 
Dudley made a purchase here of one-fourth of a saw-mill 
and a small quantity of land near the mill. Tliis was near 
the saw-mill called Fretown mill, a mile east of the Village. 
That mill was a few rods Iiiglier up the stream. The dajn 
was high and the quantity of water in the pond was great. 
So much of it passed in an outlet across the road near where 
Mr. Pettingill now lives, that, on a fall just below the road, 
a saw-mill was built, which, from some circumstance not 
now known, went by the name of Moll Rowe mill. This 
was where Mr. Dudley bought. We give below a copy of 
the deed : 

**Know all Men by these Pi-esents, That I Samuel Dudley of the parish 
of Brintwood in the province of New hampshire yeoman for and m Con- 
sideration of the just Sum of one hundred and Eighty pounds oUl tenor 
Bills of Publick Credit to mo in Hand before the delivery hereof, by 
John Dudley of Exeter in Said province trader 


Have given, granted, bargained and sold, and do by these Presents 
give, grant, bargain, sell, alien, and fully, freely and absolutely convey 
and conArm to him, the said John Dudley, his H'sirs and assigns forever 
one quarter part of a Saw meel within the bounds of Chester at a place 
known by the name of freetown standing on the outlet Northerly from the 
old mei4 with all the iron work their belonging to the one Quarter also one 
Quarter part of four akers of land their belonging to the above menshed 
mcel tlio mccl called mol llow 

To have and to hold the granted and bargained Preniisos, together with 
all their appertenanccs free from all Encumbrances whatever to him the 
said John Dudley his Heirs and Assigns as an absolute Estate of Inherit- 
ance in Fee Simple forever. And I the said Samuel Dudley for myself, 
my Heirs Executors and Administrators do Covenant and engage the 
above demised Promises to him the said John Dudley his Heirs and As- 
signs against tiio Lawful Claims and demands of any Person or Persons 
whatsoever, forever hereafter to WAUUANT, secure and defend by those 
presents. In Witness whereof I do hereunto sot my Hand and Seal this 
fourth Day of July Anno Domini One Thousand Seven Hundred and fifty 
one and in the twenty fifth Year of the Reign of Our Sovereign Lord 
George the Second by the Grace of GOD, KING, &c. 

Signed sealed and delivered in the presence of 

Joseph Dudlbt 

Jambs Dudley Samuel Dudley [Seal] 

The price of the property in this deed, i8o pounds Old 
Tenor, at tliat time was 9 pounds Lawful Money, or 45 dol- 

So far as we know, this was Mr. Dudley's first purchase 
here. That "meel," as it is called in the deed, was after- 
wards burned. . 

In 1766, Mr. Dudley came to Raymond, having bought 
the farm now owned by his great-grandson, James T. Dud- 
ley, Esq. Gaining the confidence of the citizens, he soon 
became the leading man of the town. Two years after com- 
ing here, he was appointed Justice of the Peace. The comr 
mission was by the royal Governor ; it is now before us, and 
we copy it entire, printing capital letters as in the document. 

••Province of Now Hampshire 

GEORGE the Third, by the Grace of 

GOD, of Great Britain, France and Ireland, KING, Defender of the 

Faith, &c. 


To John Dudley of Raymond in the Province aforesaid, Esq ; Greeting, 
KNOW You, that We reposing especial Trost and Confidence in your 
Loyalty, lieaming. Skill and Ability, Have assigned and by Uiese Presents 
d(* assign you the said Juo Dudley to be One of Our JUSTICES to keep 
(hir Peace within Our said Province of New Hampshire, and to keep and 
cause to be kept Ordinances and Statutes made for Uio Good of tlic Peace, 
and Conservation of the same; and with full Power and Authority to do 
and perform every Act, Matter and Thing belonging and pertaining to Of- 
fice of JUSTICE OF THE PEACE m as full and ample Manner to all In- 
tents Purposes as any other of Our Justices of tlio Peace in our Great 
Commission named, bearing Date the 29th Day of August, 1767, may 
or can by Viituo tlioroof do and perform the same. To liold tlio said of- 
fice unto You the said John Dudley during Our Pleasure. 

In Testimony whereof, we have caused the SEAL of Our said Province 
to be hereunto affixed. 

Witness JOHN WENTWORTH, Esq; Our Captain-General, GOV- 
ERNOR and Commander in Chief, in and over our said Province of New 
Hampshire, this Day of in the Eight Year 

of Our Reign, Annoque Domini, 1768 


By His Excollcncy^s Command 

T. ATKINSON jr. Sec'y 

When the war of the Revolution came on, Mr. Dudley 
espoused his country's cause with the ardor of a true patriot. 
On learning of the battle of Lexington, in April, 1775, he 
called for his horse, but as there was some delay, he started 
on foot to rally the Militia. Through his influence, a com- 
pany in this and neighboring towns was formed, >Yhich he 
directed to go to the vicinity of Boston, and he proceeded 
to Exeter to consult prominent men as to measures for the 
public safety. During the war ol eight years, he was almost 
constantly employed in public affairs, and very much of the 
time was from home. He was ReprestMitative of the town 
through the whole period, and in 1782 and '83 was Si)caker. 
During the war he also held another important oflice of 
trust. At an early stage of the conflict tlie spirit ol resist- 
ance to the oppressive measures of England manifested it- 
self in the Legislature Assembly of the Province of New 
Hampshire. John Wentworth, the Governor, was in sym- 
pathy with England, and undertook to thwart the doings of 


the Assembly, but not succeeding, he withdrew to the Fort 
at Portsmouth harbor, then to the Isles of Shoals, and after- 
wards took ve$sel for England. 

In May, 1775, a convention of 150 delegates from the 
towns, assembled at Exeter. This bo*ly styled itself the 
First Provincial Congress of New Hampshire, and was in 
session from May 17th to Sept. 2d, and again about two 
weeks in Oct. 

Early in its session, this body chose a Committee of Safety. 
It will be observed, there was no Governor, or none worthy 
to be such over those resolved to be free. Wentworth had 
not gone when the Committee was chosen, but left after a 
few months. After he had gone, this Committee sat most of 
the lime in the recess of the Legislature, had the chief man- 
agement of public affairs, and in fact, was the executive 
power. The following is the substance of the instructions 
given the Committee, and defines its authority : 

To take under consideration all matters in which the wel- 
fare of the Province in the security of just rights shall be 
concerned, except the appointments of field officers. The 
carrying into effect all plans, determined by Congress, not 
provided for by other persons or Committees. If any exi- 
gence not provided for by Congress requires immediate at- 
tention, such as the marching of troops, raised to expel an 
invasion in {iny part ; or directing the motions of the Militia 
witliin tlie Province, or without the Province, with their con- 
sent ; or making use of any advantage for securing military 
stores, securing important posts, or preventing the enemy 
from securing advantageous posts ; and obtaining military 
stores, or provisions. The Committee of Safety was to take 
tl\e most prudent and effectual methods to accomplish the 
foregoing and similar purposes. 

The Committee was empowered and directed to apply to 
the Committee of Supplies for the necessary stores, provi- 
sions, &c., to carry these instructions into effect. 

It should be observed that, in 1776, the next year of the 


appointment of the Committee of Safety, a Constitution for 
the Province was adopted. This was in force during the war, 
but nothing in this Constitution took away or diminished 
tlie powers of the Committee of Safety. Hon. Mesheck Wcare 
was President of the Committee all through. He was also Pres- 
ident of the Council of State, a body of twelve, and a co-or- 
dinate branch of the Legislature. Hence, in history, he 
is called President of the State, but he was not the chief ex- 
ecutive officer as the Governor is now. 

The Committee of Safety, as constituted May 19, 1775, 
consisted of five persons, three belonging to Rockingham 
county, viz., Bartlett of Kingston, Whipple of Portsmouth 
and Folsom of Exeter. Before the year closed, five were 
added, — Moulton of Hampton, and Weare of Hampton Falls 
in this county. Others were appointed afterward, more be. 
ing required, and sometimes there were resignations. 

May 2, 1776, Mr. Dudley was appointed a member of the 
Committee of Safety and continued a member till May 29, 
•1784, when the war had closed. His whole term of service 
was 8 years, 27 days. During the time he was a member of 
the Legislative body. This Committee sat several months 
in each year, sometimes quite a large portion of the year. 
Mr. Dudley was generally present. His sagacity, keen fore- 
sight, good judgment, and sterling patriotism made him one 
of the most active and useful members. 

As time passed, the powers of the Committee were en- 
larged. It was authorized to recommend suitable persons 
for Chaplains, Surgeons and Surgeons' Mates ; to enlist Reg- 
iments ; appoint Muster Masters ; and act in other matter.-. 

The Records of the Committee during the whole period 
of its existence are published in full in the collections of the 
New Hampshire Historial Society, Vol. VH., 1863, and fill 
340 pages. They exhibit an amount of labor and business 
transactions for the State and country rarely performed by 
the same number of men for tlie public benefit. The Com- 


mittee was sometimes called, ** The Little Congress, *' but it 
was not very small. 

At the close of the war, Mr. Dudley estimated that, by 
attention to public affairs and the consequent neglect of his 
own, he had suffered the loss of half of his property. But 
independence had been gained, and he was satisfied. Na- 
tional freedom for his children, — for the people at large, and 
millions yet to come, — he thought a sufficient reward for all 

During that time Mr. Dudley held another important 
office, — that of Judge of the Court of Common Pleas, — to 
which he was appointed in 1776, and filled till 1785, when 
he was appointed Judge of the Superior Court, which he 
held till 1797. In all, he was a Judge 21 years. He had 
not a law education, but the late Hon. John Kelly, of Exeter, 
said truly that, **he had patience, discernment and sterling 
integrity, which neither partiality nor prejudice, tlireat nor 
flattary, hope nor fear could seduce or awe," 

Few at the head of Courts of Judicature were ever more 
earnest and firm for justice than Judge Dudley. The late 
Gov. Plumer, of Epping, was a member of the Bar for 
years while Judge Dudley was on the Bench, and cites the 
following as a specimen of the manner in which the Judge 
would give a case to the Jury : ** You have heard, gentle- 
men, what has been said in this case by the lawyers, the 
rascals I But no, I will not abuse them. It is their business 
to make a good case for their clients ; they are paid for it ; 
and they have done in this case well enough. But you and 
I, gentlemen, have something else to consider. They talk 
of law. It is not law we want, but justice. A clear head 
and an honest heart are worth more than all the law of the 
lawyers. There was one good thing said at the Bar. It 
Wcis from one Shakvspeare, an English player, I believe. It 
is good enough almost to be in the Bible. It is this, *Be 
just and fear not.* That, gentlemen, is the law in this case. 
It is our business to do justice between the parties, not by 


the quirks of the law, out of Blackstone or Coke, books that 
I never read and never will, but by common sense as be- 
tween man and man. That is our business ; and the curse 
of God will rest upon us, if we neglect, or evade, or turn 
aside from it.'* 

In one session of the Court, Jeremiah Mason, then just 
commencing practice as a lawyer, and who afterwards was 
among the ablest in the State, put in what was called a plea 
of demurrer. Judge Dudley said he "always thought de- 
murrer a cursed cheat." Turning to Mr. Mason, he said, 
"Let me advise you, young man, not to come here with 
your new fangled law.** 

. Sometimes the Judge in Court would use language not 
strictly grammatical. "Them lawyers,*' "These 'ere witness- 
es,** &c., were some of his forms of expression. Yet it was 
noticed th{it when wjirmed by his subject, his knguage, al- 
ways forcible, became accurate and even elegant. This 
shows that correctness as well as eloquence are always 
the result of clear thought and earnest feeling. Lawyers 
respected him, yet among themselves they laughed at his ex- 
pressions. Judge Parsons, of Newburyport, who sometimes 
practiced in our Courts, said, "You may laugh at his law 
and ridicule his language, but Dudley is the best Judge I 
ever knew in New Hampshire.** In later years, Judge Ar- 
thur Livermore, who knew Judge Dudley well, said, "Jus- 
tice was never better administered in this State than when 
Mr. Dudley was on the Bench." In 1784, while Judge, he 
was elected by the Legislature to fill a vacancy in the Sen- 
ate, but he declined the office. 

After retiring from the Bench, he spent the evening of life 
in the quiet seclusion of his family, rarely going even so far 
as the center of the town. He had associated with the great 
men of the State, such as Weare, Langdon, Sullivan, Bart- 
lett, all of whom became Governors, and others, and he did 
not forget them in his retirement, but rejoiced in their sue 


He took great delight in reading the Scriptures, was the 
advocate of industry and morality, but the enemy of idle- 
ness, deceit and hypocrisy. Free from vain show, or con- 
ceit, he was easy of access to all, and was particularly a 
friend to the poor. The friend and father of the town of his 
adoption, he was respected by all. He was one of Nature's 
noblemen; strong-minded, self-educated, (sometimes the 
best educated,) and inflexible in his adherence to the 
great principles of justice and right. 

We copy the bill of an inn-keeper where he tarried twenty- 
four hours, to show prices then charged, and that, while all 
drank spirits, the Judge, if that was an example of him, was 
more abstemious than most others. The bill was printed with 
blank places to be filled. It stood thus : 

"Rickoi'dsoQ^s Tavorn at the Sign of the United States Arms ; Keeno,^ 

8 d 
1 Lodging, 

3 Meals, 

1 I lor^io keeping, 







6 4 
A little more than $1,33. 

Another item is introduced here, showing the estimation in 
which the Judge was held in comparison with some other 
renowned men, who had held a similar oflice. It is thrown in- 
to verse thus : 

''Let England of her Judges boast, 

Of Bacon, Hale and Soniers toll ; 

New Hampshire's sons can yearly toast, 

A Dudley, who knows law quite well. 

G. M." 

Our impression, from what we have heard, is that **G. M.'» 
was G. Mitchel, a school teacher in town, and probably in 






the Dudley district. The English Judges named were great 
men, but die first an4 last had defects. Bacon wrote well, 
but in office accepted bribes. Pope says of him : 

** If parts aHnre thee, think how Bacon ahinod^ 
The brightest, wisest, meanest of mankind.** 

Somers was impeached, and Hale, great and good as 
Judge, condemned persons accused of witchcraft. 

Judge Dudley died. May 21, 1805, aged 80. The epitaph 
on his tombstone in the family burying-place, is as follows : 

** This modest stone, what few rain marbles can. 
May truly say, here lies an honest man ; 
Calmly he looked on either world, and here 
Saw nothing to regret, or there, to fear.^ 

The only relic of the Judge, that we know of, is his plain 
arm-chair, which is in possession of his great-grandson, G. 
H. Tucker. 

But little is known of Judge Dudley's wife. She was of 
the noted Gilman family in Exeter. We think she was well 
adapted to her station ; best known in the home circle where 
she delighted most to be ; the good wife and the faithful 
mother of children. She survived her husband nearly a year, 
and died, May 14, 1806. 

Nathaniel Dudley was the seventh of Judge Dudley's 
children, and was born at Exeter, Nov. 25, 1763. When 
about three years old, he came with the family to this town. 
He was a man of much enterprise, and after marrying in 
1783, Miss Anna Smith, he lived opposite to where S. M. 
Harriman resides. He was one of the selectmen two years. 
Some four years after his maiTiage, l\e moved to Mount Ver- 
non, Me. Twenty-two years later, he was living in King- 
field, Me. His wife dying, in 1826 he married Mrs. Harriet 
Pulling. He died in Freeman, Me., May 7, 1844, aged 80. 
He had 12 children. 

MosEs Dudley, Esq^, was the youngest child of Judge 
Dudley, and was born in Exeter, Jan 29, 1766. The family 
moved to Raymond when he was but a few months old. 


Some physiologists maintain that, as a rule, the strongest- ' 
minded children are not the oldest in the family, but such 
as are born after parents come to the strength and maturity 
of riper years. However this may be, and however capable, 
as to natural endowments, Judge Dudley's older children 
were, it is certain that Moses had a mind, in most respects, 
superior to the others. 

When old enough, he went to school in what is called the 
"Dudley District;" the school-hou3e was located just above 
where the late Wm. Wallace lived. Moses was rather short 
for his years, but thick set, with a full face, and light, flaxen 
hair. His tongue seemed too thick, so that articulation was 
not distinct. lie -was not attractive to the teacher, but the 
teacher was to him. He eyed him sharply, hung upon his 
words with attention, and comprehended their meaning far be- 
yond others. At the period of the forming of the character of 
most persons, between ten and fifteen years of age, his fa- 
ther was from home most of the time, so that he would have 
been in great danger of idle and dissolute habits, had it not 
been for the influence of his good motlicr. And, withal, a 
man of Judge Dudley's fine sense of propriety and good or- 
der, did not fail^ when he was at home, to give such lessons 
to his children, relative to industry and good conduct, as 
were felt in his absence. 

Dudley finished his school education at the district school 
when about twenty years old, and it was arranged as was 
frequently the case then, that the youngest son should 
remain on the old homestead, now. owned by his great grand- 
son, J. Tucker Dudley. 

A love for reading manifested itself, but books were few, 
and newspapers scarce in country places. His father was much 
in oiIice,and conversed on public aflrairs,so that the son became 
early interested in politics, the affairs of the state and nation. 

When about 21, he married Miss Nancy Glidden. The 
first oflice conferred on him was Ensign in the Militia, but 
he did not go much higher, having little martial spirit. At 


27, he was elected Moderator of the Annual Town Meeting, 
and he was chosen to this office twenty-nine diflfcrent times. 
The same year that he was first elected Moderator, he was 
chosen one of the Selectmen,and served in all seventeen years* 
His talent as a presiding officer was of the first order. When 
the minister came in to offer prayer at an early stage of the 
meeting, two directions were sufficient to have all conducted 
with propriety. The first was when the minister entered 
the front door, he uttered these words : ** Gentlemen, please 
open to the right and left."* Then, after the minister had ad- 
vanced to the place at the right hand of the Moderator, he 
would say, "Gentlemen, please uncover.** 

If the meeting hecame tumultuous, one might have been re- 
minded of Trumbull's McFingal, — 

'*The Moderator with great yiolence 

The desk would thump wilii, Silonco ! Silonco P' 

The thumping was with the ballot-box. It was as eftect- 
ual in stilling the meeting as the tap of Julius Caesar's finger 
was the Roman Senate. 

He was Representative of the town nine years. lie was 
well versed in politics, firm and decided in the expression of 
political views, but not overbearing towards those of others. 
He was a great admirer of President Jefferson as a politician 
and a statesman. , When somewhat advanced in life, he was 
heard to say, **If Jefferson was a Tory, I am one." In 1828, 
in the warm Presidential campaign, the Republicans support- 
ing J. Q^ Adams, and the Democrats Gen. Jackson, he re- 
ceived a long and well-written letter from Ex-Gov. Plumer 
of Epping, to induce him to give his support to Mr. Adams, 
but the effort was ineffectual. 

We will now notice more particularly his love of books 
and reading. His thirst in this respect was intense. It was be- 
yond anj'^thing known in this part of the country, and perhaps 
but few cases in the world have been equal to it ; and happily 
for him, in the latter part of his life he had the opportunity 



of gratifying this desire. For forty years or more, he read 
from six to ten hours each day. Books of almost every de- 
scription, literary, scientific, miscellaneous, were read with 
the greatest avidity. History, both ancient and modern, 
sacred and profane, ever specially interested him. So 
great was his knowledge of this branch, that he seemed 
familiar with the world's history from the earliest period of 
recorded time to the day in which he lived. He was even 
an enthusiastic admirer of the ancient Greek and Roman 
poets, and British classical and literary writers, more especially 
those who lived in the reign of Queen Ann. That princess 
reigned from 1702 to 1714, and that time was noted for the 
eminent men that adorned the walks of literature. 

Esquire Dudley, as he was familiarly called, delighted es- 
pecially in the natural sciences, this was more the case in 
advanced life. Works of the most approved authors, on 
Astronomy, Geology, Chemistry, Botany, Natural Philos- 
ophy, &c., were studied with the ardor and enthusiasm of 
youth. He was not satisfied with reading a book once, but 
was often heard to say, if a book was worth reading at all, 
it was worth reading more than once. 

One well acquainted with him estimated that, for thirty-five 
years, he read on an average from one hundred to two hun- 
dred pages daily, and that during his life he could not have 
read less than what would have been equivalent to six thou- 
sand octavo volumes of four liundred pages each. This 
ruling trait of his mind continued to the last. The evening 
before his sudden departure, he passed the twilight in read- 
ing near the door of his dwelling. 

To be benefited by reading, it is necessary, as in the case 
of food, to digest it. Could one digest so much as he read? 
Did Esq. Dudley retain in his memory what he read? Those 
acquainted widi him could answer. Their word was (and 
some of them live now to confirm it,) that his mind was one 
vast storehouse of knowledge on almost all subjects. He 
delighted to converse and communicate knowledge to others. 


*His company was sought by the intelligent, and by those 
who wished to be so. 

Esq. Dudley did not own many books. For some time he 
had access to a library in Candia, and friends loaned him 
many. When a book was brought to him his countenance 
would brighten, and he would seize it with avidity. We 
must indulge in a reminiscence here. The last time we saw 
him, about three years before his death, he being some 
seventy-four years of age, we left him volumes of an En- 
glish work on America. He was more than delighted, but 
with his usual good judgment and discrimination said, *^Eng- 
lish writers on our country, write for English readers rather 
than for us.'* 

He was eminently a peace-maker, and for many years was 
a great help to those who needed legal advice. He died 
July 2, 1843, aged 77. 

Elbridgc G., the youngest of his ten children, gradu.itcd 
at Dartmouth College as is noticed in the list of graduates. 
Two of his grandsons are College graduates, viz., John D. 
Philbrick, and Gilman H. Tucker ; also a great-nephew, 
John D. Lovering. John, a son of his, was Representative 
of a town in Maine. Gilman, another son, Representative of 
this town, and J. Tucker Dudley, a great-grandson, Repre- 
sentative also of this town. Friends cherish his memory 
with true affection. 

Joseph Dudley was a nephew of Judge Dudley, and was 
bom in Exeter, Feb. 15, 1750. In early life he lived a few 
years in Brentwood, then came to this town, perhaps about 
the time he was of age. He married Deborah, daughter of 
Lieut. Benj. Bean, and after a few years moved to Read- 
field, Me. He carried there two children, and in July, 1780, 
two others, twins, were bom. His wife did not long survive. 
Discontented, he obtained a woman to assist him, and made 
the tedious journey on horseback to this town. Here he 
married Sarah Smith. In all he had nine children. He was 
one of the selectmen one year. 

or RAYMOND. 125 

He was remarkable for his devotedness as a Christian. ' 
He held the office of Ruling Elder in the Free Baptist 
church. The duty was to preside in business meetings, and 
lead in meetings of worship when no minister was present. 
Few were more exemplary in life. Near death he said he 
could look on the past without regret, but with the greatest 
satisfaction. After a short illness, he died in great peace, 
Oct. 28, 1825, and welcomed his long sought rest. His age 
was 75. His residence was on the Deerfield road, now oc- 
cupied by Thomas Healey. 

Maj. Josiaii Fogg was a native of Bride Hill, in Hamp- 
ton. Ho came to this town in 1752, and settled on what was 
afterwards known as the Fogg farm, which was kept in the 
name more than 100 years. He was one of the Constables 
of Chester in 1759, before Raymond was set off. After the 
incorporation, he was one of the Selectmen two years. He 
was married first to Miss Leavitt, second to Miss French, 
third to Mrs. Eastman of Kingston. The number of chil- 
dren was probably eighteen. Ho died Oct. 6, 1790, aged 

RoKEUT Page. The name Page is found in the early rec- 
ords of Hampton, and David Page, the father of Robert, 
was born there, but moved to North Hampton where Robert 
was born. He married Sarah Dearborn, sister of Gen. 
Henry Dearborn, and came to this place in 1755 > and 
the same year built a house near Mr. Simon Page's.. 
Simon Page's children are the fifth generation of Pages 
on that farm. He was one of the Selectmen the first year 
after the town was incorporated, and served in all tliree 
years. He died suddenly, Dec. 31, 1816, aged 84. His 
widow died, Jan. 12, 183 1, aged 95. They had eight 

Lieut. Benjamin Bean was born in Kingston, and came 
to this town in 1752. His house was the one opposite T. L. 
Brown's. He kept tavern, and for about twenty years the 
town meetings were held there. He was one year a mem- 


ber of the board of Selectmen. He died, April 4, 1803, 
aged 77. He had nine children. The children of the late 
George E. Bean were the sixth generation of Beans on that 

Jonathan Swain, Escv^,, was a native of Hampton Falla. 
He was married three times, and some of his children were 
bom before he came to town. He took up his residence 
here in 1765. He was one of the Selectmen 11 years; 
To¥m Clerk, 31 ; Collector, i ; a member of the Convention 
that formed the State Constitution in 1782 ; and of the one 
that revised it in 1791. He was Justice of the Peace, and as 
such married several when there was no minister in town. 
He had eight children. The Town Records are a monument 
of Ills accuracy and efficiency. He was a faithful chronicler 
of many other events. He died Feb. 20, 1807, aged 80. 

Levi Swain was son of the above, and was a native of 
Hampton Falls. He came here when about twelve years of 
age. He proved a worthy son of a faithful father in the serv- 
ice of the town. He was Collector two years ; the town 
honored him with the office of Selectman thirteen years, and 
Town Clerk ten years. His wife was Sarah Lane. They 
had no children. He died April 18, 1839, ^g^^ 86. 

James MooRE'was a native of Ireland, and brought to 
this country when about three years of age. Not long after, 
he came to Chester. At the age of ibrty, he moved to this 
town ; was somewhat extensively engaged in the lumber 
trade ; was one of the Selectmen three years ; and died early 
in 1770, aged 45. 

RoBEUT Moore, son of the above, was born in Chester, 
came to this town with his parents when quite young, and 
after arriving at a suitable age, attended Exeter Academy 
one year, then engaged in teaching in Maine, also in this 
town. He was Moderator of the Town Meeting two years, 
and one of the Selectmen six. He died, Jan. 5, 1804, aged 
39. The late Capt. John Moore was his son. 

Cattain Samuel Nay. The Nays of this town descend- 


ed from John Nay, called a Jersey-man, because he lived on 
the Isle of Jersey, east of England. John came to 
Hampton, and died in 1750, aged 90. Capt. Samuel was 
born in Hampton. His father was John, son of the above. 
He was in the war with the French and Indians between 
1755 and '60. He was Deputy Sheriff in Hampton, and 
a Captain in the war of the Revolution. He moved to Ep- 
ping about 1780, and not long after to this town. He was 
Moderator four years ; Selectman, 6 ; Representative, i. 
In his declining years he expressed a desire to live 
till the Congregational church, in which l^e was 
deeply interested, should have a pastor. He was grati- 
fied. Rev. Stephen Bailey was inducted into office in 1817, 
and not far from the time tlie services closed, he died in 
great peace, Oct., i, 1817, aged about 80. 

Dea. Ebenezer Prescott's birthplace was Hampton 
Falls. He came here about 1776. His wife was Phebe 
Eastman. He served as Selectman two years, and was ap- 
pointed a Deacon in the Congregational church in 1791. 
He was accidentally thrown from the bridge a little south of 
where his son Mr. Elisha Prescott lately lived, on the even- 
ing of Jan. 8, 1800, which was the cause of his death. He 
died on the 19th of that month, aged 49. He had six chil- 
dren. His widow died at Exeter, where she was visiting, 
not long after. 

Dea. Ebenezer Cram was born in Hampton Falls ; came 
to town in 1768 ; was Selectman two years ; and chosen Dea- 
con of the Congregational church in 1791. He died Feb. 7, 
1819, aged 73. His wife was Mary Philbrick, who died 
Nov. 27, 1809. They had six children. 

Benjamin Cram, brother to the above, a native of Hamp- 
ton Falls, came here in 1768, and was Selectman one year. 
His wife was Mary Bean, daughter of Lieut. Benj. Bean. 
They had thirteen children. He died May 24, 1803, aged 
55. His widow died, Feb. 25, 1834, aged 82. 

Maj. Daniel Norris. Persons of the name of Norris have 


long been numerous in Epping; and there the subject of this 
sketch was bom. His wife was Mary Lane, of Poplin. He 
came here in 1778, filled the office of Moderator one year ; 
Selectman five ; and was chosen Deacon of the Congrega- 
tional church in 1810. He died Oct. 13, 1835, ^5^^ 9^* ^^ 
had ten children. His widow died Feb. 3, 1837, aged 88. 

Capt. Timothy Osgood. Ira Osgood, Esq., of Loudon, 
has long been engaged in extensive researches in the Gene- 
alogies of the Osgood families in New England, and to him 
we are indebted for the following account of the ancestors of 
the Osgoods of this place. Three brothers came from England 
in 1634 and '38. William, the youngest, settled in Salis- 
bury, Mass., and built mills where the factories now stand. 
Chase, one of his sons, had in all three wives ; lived first in 
Salisbury; next in Epping, and finally in Loudon. He had 
twenty children, of which Timothy, the subject of this 
sketch, was the oldest. He was bom in Salisbury ; came to 
Epping when under five years of age. He came to this 
town about 1770. His wife was Jane Dearborn of Hampton. 
Number of children eleven. Was one of the Selectmen two 
years ; and a man of much energy. He died April 27, 1835, 
aged 83. His widow spent her last years in North wood and 
died Oct 16, 1847, at the great age of 98 years, 2 months. 

EnBNBZBR Osgood, Esq^, brother of the above, was bom 
in Epping in 1757 ; served in the army of the Kevolution; 
married Mary Fogg ; settled in this town about 1782 ; was a 
Justice of the Peace ; Selectman t^vo years ; and Represent- 
ative one. His wife dying, he married AnnaFullonton. In 
1803 he moved to Loudon, where he died in 1815, aged 58. 
He had nine children. His widow died in 1848, aged 81. 

John Osgood, also a brother of the above, was born in Ep- 
ping in 1762 ; came to town, and lived where George S. 
Robie now does. He married Susanna Prescott, daughter of 
Stephen Prescott of this town. He lived here till after 
1795. He was Selectman four years. Moved to Loudon, 
and was one of the Selectmen there ; also a Deacon of the 

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Congregational church, lie was strictly honest, useful and 
respected. Later in life, he moved to Gilmanton. His wife 
died there in 1834, ^"^ ^^ ^" 1848, aged 86. They had 
seven children. Stephen Osgood^ son of his, succeeded 
him on the farm here, and for many years was one of the 
great business men of this town. 

SiiEKBUiiN Blaick, Esq^ Jaspcr Blake was the first of that 
name, in this country, of whom we have any account. He 
lived in Hampton, in 1650. Israel, a descendant of his, 
lived in Nottingham, where he died in 1753. Joseph, a son 
of his, was living in Epping ten years later. He had a son 
Joseph, and he was the father of Capt. Joseph of Epping, 
and of Sherburn, the subject of this sketch. He was born 
in Epping, and came to tliis town in 1800. Ilis father came 
with him, and died here, March 9, 1810. Soon after com- 
ing, Mr. B. opened a store, and a little later a tavern. He 
was a man of great energy and enterprise, and did a good 
business. He was Moderator, 6 years ; Selectman, 6 ; and 
Rcprcseutalivc, 3. In 1820, he relinquished the business at 
the Center to his son Joseph, and moved to the farm a mile 
north. In 1825, he relinquished the farm to his son Sher- 
burn, and moved to Exeter. He was still active in various 
ways, and the evening time of life passed very pleasantly. In 
Exeter, he was a Deacon of the ist Congregational church. 
He died, Oct. 26, 1847, aged 73. His wife was AflPa Os- 
good. She died in 1859, «g^d 84. They had seven children. 

Hon. Joseph Blakk was son of the foregoing, and was 
born in Epping, in the neighborhood below Leonard Pease's 
residence in this town. He came here with his parents when 
about six years of age. He was favored with what at the 
time was a fair common school education, and early in life 
was put into the store of his father. He grew up in the busi- 
ncvss, which became the principal one of his life. After his 
father left, he carried on the business alone, and afterwards 
he and his brother Sherburn were in company. This lasted 
many years, and at the same time they attended to tavern- 


ingy farming, a portion of the time coopering, and at last 
the manufacture of shoes. The amount of business done by 
them was immense, and it is worthy of notice that, in all 
their transactions, the most delightful harmony existed be- 
tween them.. 

After the dissolution of the partnership, Mr. Blake took 
his son William B. into the business. In all, Mr. Blake was 
engaged as a merchant here about fifty years. In this time 
he not only did a great amount of business, but it was with 
a very large number of people. Much of the time the Blake 
store was the only one in town, so the trade was large. He 
was a ready salesman, attentive to customers, almost 
uniformly quiet, and was respected as a good citizen. Re- 
verses and some losses sometimes came. Pie felt them, as 
the rich usually do. But he appeared to feel that persever- 
ance wins, and with energy he prosecuted his work. He 
was the first Postmaster in town, having been appointed, as 
we are confident he told us, in 1815. For years that busi- 
ness was not much. The mail came once a week ; after a 
stage route was established between Concord and Ports- 
mouth about 1823 or '24, the mail came down one day and 
went up the npxt. He was Postmaster 38 years. He was 
Moderator of Town Meeting one year, one of the Select- 
men four years, Representative to the General Court one 
year, and Senator of District No. 2, two years. He was 
never an office-seeker, but when elected, with his usual 
quietness, attended faithfully to the duties confided to his 

His wife was Joanna Norris of Nottingham. They had 
three children. Joseph the oldest son lives in Michigan. 
He had a son named Joseph, who died before arriving to 
manhood. This made seven generations in a regular line 
of descent that had a Joseph. 

Mr. Blake died Feb. 14, 1864, aged 66. His widow 
died July 16, 1872, aged 73. 

Gen. IIknry Tucker. Among the most active and en- 

(?n&£*-*-<^ o/^ <2-5^'xl<,< 


terprising men who were born in this town, and have spent 
their lives here, must be named Gen. Henry Tucker, whose 
portrait accompanies this sketch. Though cut off at the 
early age of forty-four, his short life was full of labors and 
worthy of record. 

Henry Tucker born, March ii, 1805, and was tlie 
son of Isaac Tucker (born March 6, 1771,) and Sarah 
(Smith) Tucker, the fourth of a family of eight children. 
His father resided on a moderate farm, the homestead,inher- 
ited from his father, also Isaac, who died Dec. 16, i8o8,up- 
wards of eighty years of age. It was situated about three 
miles west of the Center, on the Candia and Deerfield roads, 
near the Judge Dudley place, and only separated from it by 
Lamprey river, and there the descendants of an elder brother 
still reside. It is a spot of quiet, picturesque beauty. The 
eminence on which the house stands has, at the back, a knoll 
covered with tall pines interspersed with oaks, while in 
front a broad scene of meadow, fringed by a winding river, 
with a setting of high wooded hills beyond, completes the 
picture. His father and grandfather, already named, were 
men of no pretension, but noted for strength and upright- 
ness of character. The grandfather came from Philadel- 
phia to Portsmouth, where he first married, and moved thence 
to Raymond. He was a joiner by trade, cabinet-maker and 
carpenter both, and made with his own hands an organ, for 
which in those days he is said to have received a thousand 
dollars. On coming to the new settlement, he became a farm- 
er. He had a strong taste for the beautiful in nature, includ- 
ing a love for flowers, then unusual, and brought with him to 
the town a white rose-bush, which, largely multiplied by 
division, still blooms, as liis memorial, for his descendants. 
Henry, in early life, pursued the ordinary farm work, 
interspersed with such mechanical employments, especially 
carpentering, as is necessary in a newly-settled back country. 
In 1824, when 19 years of age, he w.ent to Boston, where 
he worked at carpentering with an elder brother, more or 


less, for about three years. In 1827, he returned, and set- 
tled in Raymond, marrying Nancy, the daughter of Moses 
Dudley, Esq., who still survives him. He located upon a 
farm purchased of a Mr. Norris, a part of the school lot, 
about a mile west of the Center, where he resided till he 
died, June 23, 1849. For some years he carried on the busi- 
ness of a wheelwright, making wagons and sleighs, which 
he sent in large numbers into the then new Eastern country. 
He was also considerably engaged in building, in Raymond 
and the adjoining towns. He took an especial interest in the 
neighboring new city of Manchester, and built several 
houses there, one of which he owned and rented as long as 
he lived. 

His education was simply that of the district schools, but 
he was a very neat penman and ready accountant, well in- 
formed in all the ordinary conduct of business, as well as re- 
markably well-read and intelligent upon current public af- 

His characteristic traits were energy, ambition, and pub- 
lic spirit, united to a warm, social nature. He carried 
these first named qualities into every employment and 
pursuit, and in fact over-worked himself to such a degree 
that he actually wore him self out, and so gave up the battle 
in early middle life. 

He always had a love for public employments, spending 
his activities outside of his business in what was in his day 
a great interest in New Hampshire, the State Militia. He 
rose through every grade of office, from Captain to Major 
General of one of the three divisions of the State, before 
he was fort)*^ years of age. He discharged the duties of 
each station with dignity and honor, and popularity. 

In social life, Gen. Tucker was very genial and com- 
panionable, fond of company, which the hospitality of 
his house always invited. Among his large acquaintance 
he had hosts of friends. He left three children, — Josephine 
L., Gilman II., and Abby D., and, besides the legacy of a 


good name, his chief and last desire was to give them all a 
good education. The two daughters are now married and 
living near Boston, and the son, who graduated at Dart- 
mouth College in 1861, now resides alternately in Boston 
and upon the homestead at Raymond. 




John Leavitt, Samuel Dudley, 

Wm. Towle, James Fullonton, 

Ithiel Gordon, 

Possibly some of these had not then come to town, but 
went from other places. 

WAR OF THE DEVOLUTION, 1775 — 1783. 

Wm. Towle, Sergeant, Levi Swain, 

Nathan Lane, John Wells, Jr., 

Ezekiel Lane, James Claj^ 

David Oilman, 2d. Lieut., John Prescott, 

Thcophilus Lovering, Josiah Richardson, 

Daniel Todd, ^ Reuben Stickney, 

John Todd, Samuel Healey, 

Jeremiah Holman, Nehemiah Leavitt, 



Nathl Richardson, Sergeant, 

Josiah Tucker, 

Thomas Dolloff, 

Wm, B. Prescott, 

John Leavitt, 

Nathaniel Dudley, 

Jonathan Fullonton, 

Joseph Fullonton, 

Matthias Haines, 

J. Boberts, 

Josiah Wells, 

EHiphalet Gordon, 

Nathaniel Smart, 

John Bacheldor, 

Caleb Smith, 

Nicholas Gilman^ 

Joseph Peavey, 

Jonathan Bacheldor, 

Samuel Fogg, 

Enoch Osgood, 

Stephen Fogg, 

Jacob Lane, 

Hezekiah Pollard, 

Ezekial Pollard, 

Elijah Pollard, 

Barton Pollard, 

Josiah Dunlap, 

Benjamin Whittier, 

Israel GriiRn, 

Alexander McClure, 

Josiah Fogg, 

Thomas Gordon, 

Daniel Lane, 

Jeremiah Towle, 

Moses Cass, 

Ezekiel Morse, 

Moses 3^ii^i^» 
Gilman Dudley, 
John Cally, 
Moses Leavitt, 
James Whitten 
James Randall, 
Joseph Clifford, 
Antony Clifford, 
Elisha Thomas, 
Joseph Tucker, 
Richard Flood, 
Sinclair Fox, 
John Fox, 
Timothy Jewell, 
Smith Cram, 
Samuel Cram, 
John Moore, 
James Libby, 
James Mack, 
Richard Robinson, 
Ithiel Gordon, 
James Merrill, 
Daniel Moody, 
Daniel Gordon, Jr., 
Elisha Towle, 
Benjamin Perkins, 
John Osgood, . 
Israel Griffin, 
John Tucker, 
John Lane, 3d, 
Daniel Whicher, 
John Clifford, 
John Sargent, 
Phillip Morse, 
Thomas Morse, 
William Randall, 



1776, John Wells, Jr., i778> Nehemiah L#eavitt, 
•* Nathan Lane, ** Moses Sanborn, 

** James Clay, 1782, Joseph Tucker, 

*• John Prescott, *« Thomas Dolloff, 

1777, Josiah Richardson, 1783, Wm. P. Prescott, 
** Jona. Fullonton, killed. ** John Leavitt, 

Ezekiel Lane, killed. ** John Todd. 


Some of this list of soldiers in the war of the Revolution 
were out but a short time. Moses Dudley, Esq., about the 
year 1822, recorded that 24 from tliis town were enrolled in 
the army of that struggle, but others of the Militia served 
for a time, — some, too, are names not known here. Prob- 
ably they lived in other places, but went for this town. 

We have not learned that there was much disloyalty in 
this place during the Revolutionary struggle. The follow- 
ing shows, however, one case : 

'*Stato of Now Ilanip^hire in Cominitteo of Safety, Exotor Juno 9,1781. 
To tho ShcrilT of tho County of llockingham, his uudor SlierifT or Deputy, 
or the Constable of Raymond in said County. Grbbtino. 

You are liereby required forthwith to apprehend Jolin Waldron Smith, 
of said Raymond, Yeoman, who, by information, has appeared inimical to 
the United States, having uttered sundry expressions tending to discour- 
age the people and otherwise to injure the common cause, and bring him 
before the General Court, if sitting, or in their recess before the Committee 
of Safety, tliat he may bo examined toucliing tho premises. 

M. Weabb, President.** 

We have not found any record of the results of the case. 


Josiah Davis, Theophilus Stevens, 

Amos Davis, David Dolbier. 


Amos Davis, killed. Theophilus Stevens, died. 



During the same war, the following were for a time at 
the Fort near Portsmouth. The most part were there in the 
autumn of 1814. There was a draft for soldiers. It was 
called **taching.'' The true word was the military one de- 
tach. Some went as volunteers, some detached, and some 
as substitutes. A British fleet lay off the Harbor, and it was 
designed to give the vessels and soldiers a warm reception, 
if they came in. 

Phineas Healey, 

Harry Morse, 

Henry Osgood, Ensign, 
Francis Folsom, 
David Glidden, 
John Lrane, 
Benjamin Poor, 
Ebenezer Brown, 
Samuel Bachelder, 
David Robie, 
Daniel Scribner, 
Amos Kimball, Jr., 
Jonathan Holman, 
John Brown, Jr., Corporal, 
Wm. Towle, Jr., 
Daniel Robie, Jr., 
Oilman Lovering, 
James Baglcy, 
Moses C. Magoon, 
Thomas Leavitt, 
Josiah Smith, 
Josiah Moulton, 
James Dudley, Jr., 
Isaiah Cram, 

Supply Morse, 
Elisha Towle, Jr., 
Elliot Healey, 
Gideon Currier, Jr. , 
David Gile, 
Henry Clifford, 
Samuel Roberto, 
Healey True, 
Jeremiah Chandler, 
Nathan Brown, Musician, 
Samuel Moody, 
David Cliflbrd, 
David Brown, Jr., 
Moses Ilea ley, 
Nathaniel Towle, 
John Smith, 
Joseph Robie, 
Nathan Poor, 
Daniel Towle, 
Henry Clifford. 

WAR WITH MEXICO, 1846 — 1848. 

George Mace. 

CIVIL WAR, 1861 — 1865. 
Sewell D. Tilton, Capt. John E. Cram, ist Lieut. 



Geo. B. Cram, Kegular 

George H. Tilton, 
John Brown, 
Oren T. Dodge, 
Samuel G. Bartlett, 
Warren True, 
Augustus A. True, 
Elias True, Jr., 
Elbridge G. Moore., 
Wm. B. Green, 
Hazcn Currier, 
George P. Sargent,Sergeant, 
Geo. S. FuUonton, 
J. Francis Fullonton, 
Henry Robinson, 
David T. OvSgood, 
George D. Rowe, 
Daniel R. Bean, 
Andrew C. Nowell, 
Gilford F. Gilman, 
Geo. S. Gove, ist Lieut., 
Charles H. Edgerly, 
John H. Dearborn, 
David W. Towle, 
IClisha Towle, 
Nathan W. Magoon, 
Nathaniel Emery, 
Richard Abbott, 
Rufus A. Tilton, 
Daniel W. Osgood, 
Nathan Norton, 
Jonathan P. Ilolman, 
Abraham S. Ilealey, 
Wm. H. Ferren, 
Charles H. Abbott, 

Wm. H. Keniston, 
Alvin Fogg, 
James Pecker, 
John H. Hill, 
Franklin P. Morrison, 
Horatio G. C. Morrison, 
Daniel W. Norton, 
Laomi G. Warren, 
George C. Johnson, 
James Card, 
Charles Dow, 
Jonathan F. Brown, 
Timothy Gleason, 
George W. Healey, 
Samuel H. Robinson, 
James K. P. Morrison, 
Jesse F. Morrill, 
Thos. R. Tuttle, 
Isa. G. Young, 
Chase O. Wallace, 
Wm. A. Wallace, 
George W. Gilman, 
Wm. Y. Griffin, 
Leonard G. Tilton, 
Cyrus W. Dvvight, 
James G. Scribner, 
Charles E. Dodge, 
Joseph Gleason, 
Hiram Gleason, 
Edward Gleason, 
Charles U. Perkins, 
Daniel Robinson, 
John D. Brant, 
Robert P. Kennard, 
J. Anson Littlefield, 



Samuel M. Heath, 
Josiah W. Laae, 
George M. Brown, 
Samuel C. Nay, 
J. Lawrence Stevens, 
John Marsh, 
Samuel Spaulding, 
Abner Liowell, 
Charles L. Rundlett, 
Cryus E. Poor, Sergeant, 
Wm. H. Thurston, 
Charles Jones, 
David S. Healey, 
Geo. Tripp, 
Joshua Smith, 
Oren B. Cram, 
Samuel G. Ilealey, 
John M. Smith, 
Daniel Bachelder, 
James Welch, ist Lieut., 
Thomas Morrison, 
James Buchanan, 
David L. Magoon, 
Charles Davis, 
H. D. Kidder, 
Aroy Qj. Roberts, 
Wm. Smith, 
Wm. Cash, 
Elisha T. Gile, 
Greenleaf C. Kenniston, 

Thomas G. Judd, 
Antan Kemp, 
Nicholas Priss, 
Albert Wilson, 
John L. Gilman, 
Joseph Goodwin, 
William Lamereen, 
Samuel S. Fox, deserted 

Jan 30, 1864. 
Joseph Witham, 
Asa. Bly, 
John F. Worthen, 
Asa T. Worthen, 
Samuel Healey, 
Charles Poor, 
Robert Hill, 
William Hill, 
Andrew J. Roberts, 
G. Bradbury Robinson, 
Thomas Currier, 
Charles Pay son, 
Charles Conway, 
John McGowen, 
John Orr, 

Issachar W. Smith, 2d Lieut., 
Julius Adams, 
John Canner, 
John Harmon, 
Joseph Kelly, 
William Parrott, 

Some 20 of these were from other places, put m as 

In August, 1863, there was a draft for soldiers to fill the 
quota, assigned to the several States. The following were 
drafted. As the law then was, there were many **loop-holes 


of retreat.'* Three hundred dollars would exempt. Substi- 
tutes could be obtained ; and if one had a brother in the serv- 
tice, a mother, or motherless children to provide for, there 
was an exemption. The examining Surgeon also would ex- 
cuse for slight disability. And the result was, scarcely one, 
if indeed one, went into the service. 

The draft was at Portsmouth by Captain J. S. Godfrey, 
Provost Marshal. 


Melvin B. Moore, John F. Lane, 

Francis L. Ilcuth, Daniel B. Bagley, 

Josiah Locke, Fred. McClure, 

George M. Moulton, Daniel W. Osgood, 

John F. Healey, Elijah Morrison, 

Thomas B. Bachelder, Rufus A. Tilton, 

Moses E. Moore, John J. Littlefield, 

Joseph W. Fisk, James H. Miller, 

Gilman Gile, David A. Bean, 

William L. Carlton, Moses B. Harvey, 

Joseph A. Nay, Edward H. Roberts, 

James M. Dearborn, Joseph V. B. Dearborn, 

George S. Poor, Henry H. Blake, 

Woodbury D. Titcomb, Joseph R. Bachelder, 

Daniel B. Hill, George B. Dudley. 
Hiram E. Richardson, 

Some later, there was another draft, to fill quota, and 
the following were drawn : 

John Wallace, Otis H. Whittier. 




J. Tucker Dudley, George S. Robie, 

J. Frank Healey, Hiram G. McClure. 


Gilman H. Tucker, James F. Hackett, 

Albert D. Hardy, Irvin Folsom, 

Green C. Fowler, John W. Robie, 

Aaron W. Brown, Olney T. Brown, 

True M. Gould, Moses R. Currier, 

George L. Hardy, John C. Whitcomb, 

Charles W. Lane, Elbridge G. Brown, 

Samuel S. Locke, George E. Bean, 

Lyman Prescott, J. Plumer Brown, 
Waiiam B. Blake, 

The above is the record found in the Selectmen's office, 
and we have nothing else to rely upon. 

It has been difficult in the extreme to get a correct list of 
those who served in the late war. No full record has been 
found in town. The army rolls in the Adjutant General's 
Office in some cases do not contain the names of the to^vn 
to which soldiers belonged. 


The following votes were passed at the dates given : 

1861, September 9, Voted to pay families of volunteers. 

1862, August 22, Voted 200 dollars bounty to all who 
have enlisted since August i, and to tliosc who may enlist to 
fill the quota for 600,000 men. 

1863, August 29, Voted a bounty of 299 dollars to drafted 
soldiers and substitutes. 

1863, September 4, Voted 300 dollars to drafted men and 

1864, May'31, Voted 200 dollars to all who enlist. Voted 
that the Selectmen hire men to enlist, paying not over 300 
dollars per man. 

1864, June 25, Voted that the Selectmen pay 300 to hire 
substitutes for drafted men. 

• 1864, December 29, Voted that 100 dollars be added to 
the State bounty for volunteers for one year, and 200 dollars 
for two years. 



1861, Aug. 4, Wm. H. Keniston, aged 21 years, George- 

town, D. C. 

1862, May 3, Jona. P. Holman, 23 years, Yorktown, Va. 

** June 27, John Brown, 20 years, killed near Rich- 
mond, Va. 

" August 22, Andrew C. Nowell, 33 years, fever, near 
N. Orleans. 

** October 31, Josiah W. Lane, 19 years, Washington, 
D. C- 

** October 27, Gilford P. Gilinan, 29 years, killed, La- 
badierville. La. 

** Nov. 6, J. Franklin Brown, 33 years. New York City. 

** Nov. 9, John Marsh, 22 years. White Sulphur 
Springs, Va. 

** Nov. 13, Daniel R. Bean, near New Orleans. 

** Nov. 26, George S. FuUonton, 23 years, Washington, 
D. C. 

" Dec. 6, Timothy Glcason. 

** Dec. 13, Cyrus E. Poor, 31, killed, Fredericksburg, 

** Dec. — Charles Perkins, supposed killed, Fredericks- 
burg, Va. 

** Dec. 28, George Brown, near Fredericksburg, Va. 

1863, March 3, James G. Scribncr, 24 years, Newport 

News, Va. 
** March — George D. Rowe, Louisiana. 
** May II, Charles Jones, Virginia. 
** May 27, John K. Hill, 19 years, killed. Fort Hudson, 
'* George Abbott, killed, Virginia. 

'* Aug. 3, David W. Towlc, probably of wounds, Va. 
** Sept. 3, Ehsha E. Towle, 25 years, Portsmouth, 

** Nov. 24, John Smith, killed near Knoxville, Tenn. 

1864, Jan. 18, Charles Davis, Washington, D. C. 





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1864, July 26, Wm. Smith, 45 years, Portsmouth Grove, 
" July 30, J. Lawrence Stevens,4i years, killed, Peters-- 
burg, Virginia. 
Aug. 12, Nathaniel Emery, 38 years, Hampton, Va. 
Thomas Currier, 24 years. City Point, Va. 
David S. Healey, 28 years, killed, Peters- 
burg, Va. 

Oren B. Cram, supposed killed, Peters- 
burg, Va. 
" Feb. II, 1864, William Cash, killed. 
Amos S. Holman went for Nottingham, but lived here till 
a short time before enlisting. He died at Aquia Creek, Va., 
Jan. 29, 1863. 



C. O. Wallace, Nov. 4, 1865. 

Wm. A. Wallace, May 17, 1868. 

Geo. Tripp, July 15, 1869, 

Stephen Smith, a native of this town, went from some 
other town, was a fireman on board the Kearsargc when its 
guns sunk the British ship Alabama, June 19, 1864. He 
died in Portsmouth, Sept. 17, 1865, and was buried here. 


Josiah Fogg, Major, 1776. 

Daniel Norris, Major, 1786. 

Theophilus Levering, Major, 1807, Colonel, 1810. 

Ebenezer Cram, Major, 1816, Lieutenant Colonel, 1818. 

Lyba Brown, Major, 1823, Lieut. Col., 1825, Col., 1828, 

Ebenezer Nay, Major, 1829. 

Daniel Robie, Lieutenant Colonel, 1830. 

John Todd, Major, 1830. 


Jonathan A. Lane, Major, 1833. 

Joseph Abbott, Major, 1836, Lieutenant Colonel, 1837. 

Henry Tucker, Major, 1837, Colonel, 1838, Brigadier Gen- 
eral, 1840, Major General, 1846. 

Joseph Blake, Jr., Quarter Master, 1840, Brigadier Quarter 
Master, 1841. On Gen. Tucker's Staff. 

Jacob Elliot, Lieutenant Colonel, 1842, Colonel, 1843. 

Levi S. Brown, Major, 1842. 

James Welch, Major, 1843, Lieutenant Colonel, 1845, Col- 
onel, 1846. 

Willijim P. Tufts, Quarter Master, 1844. 

Slicrburn P. Blake, Adjutant, 1845. 

William H. Fellows, Quarter Master, 1845. 

Aaron W. Brown, Adjutant, 1848. 

Calvin B. Bacheldor, Quarter Master, 1848. 

Warren Titcomb, Adjutant, 1849. 

David Griffin, Major, 1851. 

Gilman H. Tucker, Aide to Gov. Berry, 1861, '62. 

ScvvcU D. Tilton, Aide to Gov. llarriman, 1867, '68. 

The military rank of Aide to the Governor is that of 


Many will recollect tliat Thomas Dearborn, was familiarly 

called Major. But he had no Commission as Field officer. 

He was Drum Major. 


For a long series of years, the companies of militia or- 
ganized in each town were called out for military exercises 
half a day in May, which was often called the ** Little Train- 
ing,'* and half a day in the Autumn. This last was 
followed soon by the Regimental Training, which was call- 
ed ** Great Training," ** Muster,** " Regimental Inspection 
and Review." 

Our Regiment was the Seventeenth, and embraced those 
liable to do duty in Raymond, Candia and Chester, then in- 


eluding Auburn. There was a company of Cavalry, usually 
called the "Troop." The members were in all of the three 
towns. The Captains here, after 1815, were Jonathan 
Cram, Gilman Dudley, John Moore, Benjamin Cram, David 
Pecker, Levi S.* Brown, and J. S. James. A company of 
Artillery also belonged to the three towns ; a Light Infantry 
company in Chester, also one in Candia. These were uni- 
formed, well drilled and made a good appearance. The 
other companies, some six or eight, were Infantry. In the 
later years of the trainings, the military spirit having much 
declined, these last did not often exhibit much of a soldierly 
or martial bearing. In a derisive way they were called 
** Rifle Rangers,'* but this was over-estimating them, and 
underrating was more common, such as ** Flood- wood 
Companies,'* ** Slam-bang Companies,*' *' String-bean Com- 
panies,'* and "Pig Corn Companies.** These, however, 
bore all in silence, some of them noble men, and got through 
training day as well as ihey could, glad of a good dinner, 
which the law obliged the towns to provide, or, in place 
thereof, 31 cents to provide for themselves. 

Regimental trainings were not very frequent in this town. 
About 1810, one or more was on the plains near the Lover- 
ings. In 1818, or later, one back of where Josiah Whittier 
now lives, and in years later otliers there. Twice the Regi- 
ment met a little south of the Lane neighborhood on the 
Chester road, and the last, in 1847, was on Capt. Pecker's 
land, south of the school-house. 

The Muster or Regimental Training is now to be de- 
scribed "as it was.** It will be in part only. It was in some 
sense the great day of the year. All in those years were in- 
terested. All, who could, went, — men, women, boys and 
girls. There was not much sleep the night before, certainly 
not after midnight. By six or seven in the morning, the 
companies were to be on the ground. 

By day-dawn, the crack of muskets was heard as a salute 
at the houses of commanding officers. And next the whole 


place would be alive, people on foot, horseback and in car- 
riages, hastening to '* Muster/* Yells and running of 
horses were frequent. 

Some companies are late, but the line of the Regiment is 
formed by the Adjutant. He gives the command, •' Present 
Arms ;" then the Colonel, who is there, commands , ** Shoul- 
der Arms." Next a hollow square is formed, in the center 
of which the Chaplain oflers prayer. The line is again 
formed. The Colonel says, ** Battalion, close column of 
grand divisions on the first grand division of Light Infantry, 
right face, M-a-r-c-h." This is done, and the Regiment 
makes a solid ninss, resembling the Macedonian Phalanx. 

The line is again formed, next broken into companiesi 
the Inspector comes, passes up and down, examining the 
odicers, musicians, arms and equipments of each man. A 
few are sad as they are marked deficient in some one thing, 
and are put down for fines. 

The most interesting feature of the day comes next. This 
is the Review by the General, who is attended by his Staflf 
OflTicers. The Regiment passes down the line by him. 
Those carrying muskets are required to '• Present Arms" 
before passing him. Each officer salutes him with his sword. 
This is done by a peculiar motion of the sword. It is first 
held up in front ; next lowered with the point towards the 
ground ; then brought again in front ; then to its place at the 
shoulder. The General, if a Brigadier-general, salutes, 
with his military cap. If a Major-general, he is simply un- 

In the afternoon, the Regiment is closely drilled in military 
exercises. The day's work is a hard one, and all seem fa- 
tigued. Martial music, however, is spirit-stirring. A dozen 
or two of drums, clarionets, fifes, and a brass band, give 
life to the whole proceedings. 

But this was only a part of the Muster. Booths, tents for 
the sale of gingerbread, pies, liquors, were all along the 
field. Showmen, fiddling, dancing, peddlers' carts with 

146 THE H18T0RT 

their owners selling their wares, goods and trinkets of a 
very poor quality at auction ; hallooing, bawling, and yell- 
ing till their throats were sore. Before the close of tlie day, 
the confusion is great. There is loud talking, some disput- 
ing, running and swapping horses. The great gun of the 
Artillery is discharged, the soldiers fire off their muskets by 
companies or platoons ; there is a «*sham fight,'* women grow 
fearful, and, like Napoleon at Waterloo, say, ** It is time to 

By sundown all is quiet again. The sounds that rever- 
berated through fields, vales and woodlands have died away. 
The curtains of night are drawn around. The stars look 
calmly down. **Tired nature's sweet restorer, balmy sleep," 
comes to refresh all who have not that day violated the laws 
of their being and the just laws of Him who is over all. 

The form of doing military duty as above indicated, con- 
tinued till 1846. It was then abolished by the Legislature. 
After this it was again revived, but not long after had dif- 
ferent changes and was finally abolished. 



The ancient pagans had a god of medicine, whom they 
called Esculapius. Socrates, the famous heathen philoso- 
pher, put to death by the Athenians about 380 years B.C., 
just before he died, said he owed a vow to that god. 


The medical profession is honored in connection with 
Divine revelation. Luke is called ** The beloved physician." 
He was the companion of Paul in some of his labors, and 
wrote the book that bears his name, also the Acts. 

The need of a physician was felt here after the settle- 
ments became considerable, but men of the healing art were 
not so numerous in proportion to the number of people as 
now. Six years, after the incorporation, passed before one 

I. Dr. Francis IIodgkins. — He was a native of Ipswich, 
Mass., and came about 1770. He taught school here some, 
wliich shows that liis calls were not very many. After 
awhile he moved to Sandwich, then back here again. He 
died Oct. 8, 1812, aged 61. 

H. Du. Benjamin 1*agb. — ^He was here a few years pre- 
vious to 1800. His native place was Kensington. 

HI. Dr. John Pillsbury. He was born in Rowley, 
Mass., was in practice here from 1798 to 1804. He taught 
school spnic of the time. He was full of hilarity and mirth. 
In visiting the sick, he seemed to feel the force of Solomon's 
saying, •« A merry heart doeth good like a medicine." In 
conversation he would often make his patients cheerful, and 
not unfrequently get them into fits of laughter. Then 
medicine had a better effect. After leaving here he was in 
Candia, then in Pembroke, where he died some years ago 
at an advanced age. 

IV. Dr. Piiineas Trull, a native of Tuxbury, Mass, 
was here from 1805 to 1819. 

V. Dr. Thomas H. Merrill, a native of Brownfield, 
Me., practiced in Gilmanton ; was here from 1820 to 1823. 
He moved to Boothbay, Me. The last we heard of him 
was in 1845, when he lived in Portland, Me. 

VI. Dii. Edmund R. Rowkll, a native of Salem, N. H,, 
came in 1822, left in 1825. 

VII. Du. Stephen Gale, a native of East Kingston, was 
here from 1824 to 1846, excepting an interval of one year at 


E. Kingston, and about the same length at Gloucester, Mass 

VIII. Dr. John Gale, a native of East Kingston, studied 
with his brother Dr. S. Gale, of this place, practiced at 
Epsom, and died at his brother's, in this town, Aug. i, 
1833. aged 27. 

IX. Dr. Stephen Brown, a native of Andover, N. H., 
was here In 1829, filling Dr. Gale's place, then in another 

X. Dr. Theodore Wells, a native of Deerfield, prac- 
ticed in town in 1836, Dr. Gale being absent again. After" 
wards he became a minister, was settled over the Congre- 
gational church in Barrington, and died in Sanford, Me., in 
1864, aged 56. 

XI. Dr. Thomas J. Dudley. He was bom in this town, 
son of Thomas Dudley, who lived where John Scribner now 
does. He was a successful school teacher, studied medicine 
with Dr. Gale, attended one course of lectures at Brunswick, 
Me. Failing health did not allow of his going farther. 
He died here of consumption, Jan. 19, 1831, age 31. 

XII. Dr. Peter Y. Frye. His native place was Deer- 
field. He succeeded Dr. Gale in 1846; left in 18S5, ^^ent 
to Oyster Bay, Long Island, N. Y., where he still resides. 
His second wife was Miss Carrie Currier of this town. 

XIII. Dr. Harrison J. Copp, a native of Georgetown, 
Mass., was here a few months in 1852. His practice was 
Eclectic. Afterwards he resided in Suncook and Manchester. 
In the late war he was with the third N. H. Regiment, as 
hospital nurse, and died at Port Royal, S. C, April, 1862, 
aged 42. 

XIV. Dr. John O. Haines, a native of DeerfieUl, Eclectic 
physician, was here, living up towards Langford's, from 
1848 to 1857, when he went to Deerfield. Now in Man- 

XV. Dr. George A. Blake, a native of the town, son 
of the late Hon. Joseph Blake, is a physician. His 
wife was Miss Margaret Harrington, of Cambridge, 


Mass. Other particulars given in list of college graduates. 

XVI. Dr. True Morrill Gould. His portrait accom- 
panies this. He was a native of Newton, and son of Mr. 
Samuel and Mrs. Molly Gould. The family name has been 
in thai town about lOO years. 

He passed his early years on the farm with the privileges 
of the district school, then at the High School and later at 
the Academy in Kingston. Choosing the Medical Profes- 
sion, two years were spent under the instruction of Thomas 
Bassett, M. D., of Kingston, then one year under Prof. Ed- 
mund R. Pcaslce, M. D., of Hanover. lie attended a full 
course of lectures in the Medical Department of Dartmouth 
College, and graduated with the degree of M. D. in 1854; 
commenced practice here in 1855. His business has been 
extensive and embraced surgery, not only in this, but in other 
towns. He is a member of the New Hampshire Medical 
Society and the American Medical Association. He has held 
various oflices, all of whiCh arc named in tlieir proper places 
in this work. His wife was Miss Mary A. True of this town, 
daughter of Mr. Elias and Mrs. Mercy True. 

XVII. Dr. David Brown, born here, was a Botanic 
physician in Ilingham, Mass., and died there, suddenly, 
Feb. 6, 1865, aged 71. 

XVIII. Dr. John D. Lovering, born here, son of Gil- 
man Levering, studied the Medical Profession with J. R. 
Akers, M. D., of Bethel, 111., graduated at the Medical De- 
partment of Union University at Albany, N. Y., com- 
menced practice in Essex, Mass., in 1861, where he 

XIX. Dr. John P. Brown, born here, finished his Medi- 
cal studies in March, 1865, and at once became Assistant 
Physician in the Asylum for the Insane in Concord, N. H., 
where he continues. 

XX. Dr. Moses L. Magoon, born here, is in practice in 
Searsport, Me., as a Dentist. 

XXI; Dr. Phineas H. Wheeler, a native of Barnstead, 


came here in 1867 , practiced a few months, and then went 
to Alton. 



Taverns. The first that we have an account of was opened 
by Lieut. Benj. Bean, probably before 1760. It was oppo- 
site where John Bean lately lived. After the death of 
Lieut. Bean in 1803, his son Thomas continued the busi- 
ness, but died in 1804, and awhile after it was given up. 

Joseph Dudley kept tavern several years, commencing in 
1793. He lived on the main road, two miles west of the 
center, where Thomas M. Healey lives. 

David Moody had a tavern where J. Frank Brown lives 
after the year 1800. 

Sherbum Blake, Esq., opened one after 1806. After 1820, 
his sons, Joseph and Sherburn, continued it till about f840. 

Maj. Thomas Dearborn opened one about 1820, and con- 
tinued till about 1835. He lived above the Long Hill, where 
Phineas Oilman now resides. 

Stanley Nay kept one for a while about 1824, where 
Hiram Sargent now lives. 

Joseph Robie kept one for a time in 1824. He lived 
where D. H. Blaisdell lately lived. 

Col. E. Cram and Henry Osgood both had taverns for 
awhile after the opening of the Cilley road, in 1831^ 


John Merrill kept one about 1832. The house stood where 
John F. Brown resides. 

There were others at different periods, mostly of short 
duration, but no reliable account of them can be obtained. 

The present hotel was opened about 1850 by Mr. Tripp ; 
afterwards was kept by Prescott ; next by Chapman ; then by 
Prcscott again. In 1865, it was moved to the present build- 
ing. In 1868, Wheeler succeeded. Next Warren True. In 
1873, F, G. Bean purchased the place, and he occupies it as 
a hotel. David Pecker opened the Riverside Hotel in 1873. 

Stores. The earliest was by Gilman and Boyce, after 
1785, near where John Bean lately lived. 

The next was in 1798, by Nehemiah Ordway, Jr., above 
the Long Hill where Phineas Gilman resides. 

Not far irom 1805, Sherburn Blake, Esq., commenced a 
store at the Center. In 1820, it passed into the hands of his 
son Joseph ; in 1825, his other son,Sherburn,became partner. 
This firm continued till about 1857, when Sherburn with- 
drew. Then J. Bhikc & Son ; afterwards changes were 
frequent; Wm. B. Blake & Co., then Wm. B. Blake, next 
Hon. Joseph Dearborn of Deerfield & Ladd; next Blake & 
Ladd ; next Blake & Norris ; again Wm. B. Blake ; then 
Ladd & Whittier ; finally C. A. Kimball. 

This store was in the name of the Blakes about 60 years. 
The business transacted in that time was great, and it is be- 
lieved fairly done. The building for very many years stood 
up the ascent above Dea. Higley's, and is a portion of the 
Deacon's present dwelling. 

In 1824, Stanley Nay opened a store, which stood where 
Mrs. Locke's dwelling now is. He, not long after, went to 
Maine. The building was moved near the Common, and 
was long occupied as a Ilall and Selectmen's oflice. Later 
it was moved again and became the dwelling of Mrs. Ed- 
gerly, now owned by Mr. Whitcomb. 

Daniel L. Norris began at the corner below Benj. Cram's 
in 1828. After two or three years he moved to Dover. 


John Merrill, in 1832, had a store near Eeq. John Brown's. 

Thomas J. Dudley, in 1834, op^ed a store near where 
J. Scribner resides. It was not continued long. But a little 
later, John Dudley traded there. This John Dudley was son 
of James, and now lives in Lynn. 

Wm. P. Tufts settled in that neigborhood in 1842. 
His place was in the building west of the Baptist church 
where he continued till about 1850. G. Anderson was part- 
ner two years. Wm. P. Worthley had commenced under the 
Methodist church, but Mr. Tufts moved his goods there and 
Mr. Worthley became salesman. Mr. Tufts & Son have 
conducted the business for some years. 

A Union store was commenced in 1850, and J. S. James 
was called to take charge of it. At first it was where the 
tin-plater*s shop has been since. It was moved to where the 
hotel now is, discontinued as a Union store and in 1856 the 
firm was J. S. James & A. B. Smith. After a year, Mr. 
James left town, then it was A. B. Smith & D. A. Bean. 
' Finally Bean alone till 1865, when it was discontinued. 

In i860, J. S. James having returned to town, erected a 
new store, — traded till 1867, when Samuel Poor succeeded. 
Mr. James went in again about 1870. 

In the early part of 1866, Hayden Higley opened a store. 

About 1857, Charles Eaton established a milliner's shop. 

In i860, it passed into the hands of Elma Higley, and early 

in 1867, to A. B. Smith. The business was millinery and 

the sale of fancy goods. Mrs. Ladd succeeded, and in 1872 

. Miss M. J. Lovejoy. 

J. S. James commenced a clothing store in 1868, and con- 
tinued about two years. 

Miss Pecker and Miss Leach opened a milliner's store in 
1868. It was where B. F. Tilton's store is now. It con- 
tinued a few years. Mrs. True took Miss Pecker's place and 
finally it was discontinued. 

Charles H. Whitcomb had a store for confectionery, &c., 
opening it in Jan., 1873, and ending late in that year. 



B. F. Tilton opened a store in the latter part oi 1873, 
and still continues. 

Mr. C. A. Kimball has a dry goods* store, which was 
opened in 1874^ Early in 1875, he bought out Ladd & Whit- 
tier*s goods. 

W. II. Bailey opened a tin-plater's shop and store in 1868 
and is still in business. 

A provision store was opened by Mr. Frank Richardson 
some years ago. In 1873, Whittier & Jones had charge, 
and in 1874 ^^' N. C. Garland succeeded. 

For a country town and not large, this has been for some 
time, and now is, a place of great trade. It has been seen 
that the Blakes were long engaged here ; Hon. Joseph Blake 
standing at the head as to time thus employed and the amount 
of business transacted. Other comparisons we do not wish 
to make, yet as the portrait of J. S. James is to appear in 
this place, he may be named as a prominent merchant in town. 

Josiah Shepard James was born in Deerfield, September 
9, 1820. His parents were Moses and Martha James. 
They had quite a family of children, and circumstances 
were such, that, as the sons came forward, they were thrown 
much upon their own resources for the means of subsistence. 
With energy and proper effort, such are likely to have suc- 
cess and may rise to usefulness and fame. The oldest son, 
Noah, was for a time City Marshall of Boston. Joseph Y., 
when Gen. Jackson became President, was appointed Post- 
master of Exeter. For some years he hag resided in Penn- 
sylvania, and has served as Representative and Senator in 
the Legislature. David M. was Mail Agent on the Sunbury 
and Erie Railroad in Pennsylvania. Jacob F. has been 
Mayor of Manchester. 

J. Shepard James married Mary A. Dearborn, daughter of 
David and Irene Dearborn of this town. He settled in the 
place, having built the dwelling now the residence of Henry 
Hardy. He has had quite a share in helping to make the 
village what it is as to buildings. He built a store, which 


was afterwards enlarged and made the present hotel ; the 
dwelling now in possession of John Franklin Lane ; that of 
Stephen Richardson ; that of A. Bean Smith ; that of Dean 
Smith ; (hat on a street south of his store ; his own residence 
and his store, which has a tenement above. With these 
there were built the necessary stables, &c. 

Mr. James has been chosen to several offices, one of which 
was the highest the town could confer. Representative in the 
Legislature. All the offices are named in their proper 
places in this history. He has good business capacity and 
ready perceptive powers, is capable of constant and earnest 
application to business, is quick at figures, and a rapid sales- 
man. The gifted poet, Longfellow, suggests that men do 
something worthy and great, and leave " foot-prints on the 
sands of time." Mr. James has, and may more. 



Houses. Saw-mills were numerous early, and framed 
tenements were common soon after the first settlements. 
Many of the houses were half of a one-story, or of a 
two-story house. Afterwards, additions were made to them. 
The rooms were low, not generally more than seven feet. 
Tall persons could not pass from room to room without 
striking their heads, unless they stooped in season. Some 
of these remain. Fire-places were large; some of them 


would take in wood from 4 to 6 feet in length. An immense 
back log would be rolled in first, then a fore -stick forward, 
then smaller wood between, and the fire on a cold winter 
day was a **roarer". The chairs were wooden, with bottoms 
of strips of the brown ash. In the best rooms were from three 
to six with high backs, painted black, with flag bottoms. 
In the kitchen were the '* dressers," so called, on the 
shelves of which was the table furniture, such as tin dishes, 
plates of wood, a few of pewter, also some of earthen ma- 
terial. The knife basket hung on one side of the room. In 
the front room, where the family lived in winter, would often 
be found the bed, a truckle-bed, cradle, the spinning-wheel, 
the linen wheel, and sometimes, for a season at least, a Ibom. 
There was a clock, often without a case, a gun hanging on 
wooden hooks, on the mantle piece a mug cf cider, ready 
for use, higher up two on three pipes, and still higher sun- 
dry good-sized rods for the backs of unruly children. 

Food. Bean porridge was almost a staple article in those 
times, and for half a century it was a considerable part of 
the diet for children. Milk, with roasted apples, after there 
were orchards, was common for supper. After 1782, Indian 
bread was much used ; and tea and coffee in abundance. 
Coffee was also made of barley and of roots. At dinner, 
puddings were eaten first and meat afterwards, as late as 
1820. After farms were well cultivated, wheat and barley were 
raised, and the finest bread was made of these, but in fami- 
lies less wealthy, they were -used but little. Potatoes were 
first cultivated in this State in Londonderry, soon after i7i9> 
but only in small quanuties until after the Revolutionary 

Drbss. This was largely of home manufacture. Flax 
was cultivated, and cloth made of tow and linen was worn by 
all. The men wore breeches made of this cloth, and some- 
times of sheep skins, but very nice ones were of deer skins. 
Yarn stockings came to the knees, and were confined to the 
breeches with buckles of iron, brass, or with silver mounting. 



Buckles were also worn on the shoes. Hats were of wool, 
with broad brims. The wealthiest had beaver hats. Men 
wore wigs to church, made of human hair, or goat s hair, 
and in some cases of horse hair. These were white and 
sometimes powdered. Aged men wore their hair long and 
hanging down upon the shoulders. About 50 years ago, it 
was customary for very many men, not the most aged, to 
have the hair combed back and fastened by a ribbon or a 
leather string into what was called a cue. Women wore 
long-waisted dresses, aprons, Vandykes, and what were call- 
ed coolers. Cloaks with a hood attached were common. 
Some were of home manufacture, but the best were broad- 
clotK. The scarlet red color bore the palm. Ladies were 
sometimes married in black silk. About the time the town 
was settled, hoops were worn, but as they were not fitted 
with the grace and convenience of more modern times, they 
were abandoned. Bonnets were almost as large as coal- 
hods and about as ill-shaped. Near the beginning of this 
century, in agreeable contrast with this, beaver hats were 
worn. The brim was not so broad as of those worn by the 
other sex, and they were tied down by ribbon strings. 

Modes of Travel. Before the incorporation, the men 
went to town meeting at Chester, the distance being some 
10 miles from most of the neighborhoods here. The paths 
were marked by spotted trees in some portions. Many 
walked, some rode horseback, and later some rode on sleds. 
After the place became a town, the same methods prevailed 
in going to the meetings, held at Lieut. Benj. Bean's tavern. 
Side saddles were had for ladies, and a common way of rid- 
ing was for the man to sit in front on the horse, and a lady 
behind him on a pillion. Frequently a lady rode thus with a 
child on one arm, while she held her place by throwing the 
other around the man's waist. Sometimes, too, the man had a 
boy before him, near the neck of the horse. This company, 
moving on at a pretty good speed on a racking horse, then 
called a 'Spacer," was a quaint sight, the like of which has 


not often been seen in broad daylight. Near the old meet- 
ing-house, for more than twenty-five years, were two large, 
flat stones, placed on other stones, and ascended by steps, 
for the convenience of ladies in mounting horses, after wor- 
' ship was ended. 

Carriages were not introduced until after the Revolution. 
The first were chaises. There were but few. As late as 
1797, Judge Dudley used to go to Court on horseback. The 
** one-horse-shay," of which Prof. O. W. Holmes speaks, 
was a square top. One of these, owned by Mr. Elisha Pres- 
cott, was in existence as late as 1830. Wagons began to be 
common after 1820. 

OnsKRVANCE OF THE Sabbatii. The strictness of the 
early people, in observing the sacredness of this day, was 
commendable. It was derived from the Puritans, who first 
settled New England. In this town, the masses went to 
meeting. Babes were carried in their mothers' arms. De- 
crepit age was there. The poor in mean garments were 
there. Free seats in front of the pulpit were for old per- 
sons, hard of hearing, and for the poor who had no pews. 
Work ceased on the Sabbath. Getting in hay and other 
common work now done on the Sabbath,was not done then. It 
was even judged wrong to clean stables on that day. 

There was no stove in the old church till after Mr. Farns- 
worth was settled, in 1824. Ladies carried foot-stoves, which 
were filled with live coals at the house nearest the meeting. 
The sermon of an hour's length was listened to in cases 
when the thermometer was nearly down to zero, with an in- 
terest hardly equalled now in well warmed places of wor- 
ship. Sleeping in meeting was hot known then. 

The Use of Intoxicatino Drinks was general. On all 
special occasions, fifty years ago, they were provided, and at 
other times when it was judged best, and the expense could 
be met. They were used freely when sheep were washed, 
in haying time, at raisings, at huskings, at the birth of a 
child, at weddings, and at funerals. They were sold at all 


taverns and stores, and those who entered these places, 
usually called for a drink before leaving. Visitors were 
treated to them. Ministers drank, and, in cnses not a few, 
they and members of their churches would sometimes be 
indecently excited by their inebriating power. Cider was 
used at almost all hours of the day. If a neighborly call 
was made in the evening, a great mug of cider was brought 
forward, and soon drank by those present. 

Such was the state of things till 1826. The wisest had 
then discovered that the only safety was in the abstinence 
principle. Moreover, it was ascertained that the Bible allow- 
ed strong drink only as a medicine. By 1830, cider and the 
common wines were prohibited in the temperance pledge, 
and a great reform ensued. 

Politeness and Respect. Children, then, were taught 
to say " Yes, sir,** and " No, sir," ** Yes, marm," and *' No, 
marm.** Parents were called "dad" and ** marm," the 
first usually being pronounced *' dard." Scholars, on en- 
tering the school-room, ** made their manners," as it was 
called. This was a bow from the boys, and a courtesy from 
the girls. 

The same ceremonies were used in going out and coming 
in at recess ; on all other occasions of going out of the 
school-room, in the handing or taking u book from the 
teacher, in the class on the floor before commencing to read 
and at the close of reading. These customs contributed to 
the good appearance of the schools. It was highly becom- 
ing etiquette, and had it not been for the deficiencies in 
government, schools would often have appeared to great ad- 
vantage. But, oh, the terrible use of the rod made them 
what Mr. Leavitt, the Almanac maker, called them, 
** thrashing schools." And besides the rod, the ferule, ap- 
plied to the palm of the hands, cuffing and pulling ears, 
and the savage method of pulling the hair were common. 

Scholars were also taught to '*make their manners" to all 
who passed the school - house when they were out, and to 


those whom they passed on the road. The boys took off 
their hats and bowed ; the girls made a low courtesy. The 
only defect was, there was not instruction as to the manner of 
doing it. The bow was generally ungraceful. It was a sud- 
den jerk of the head, that seemed somewhat in danger of 
dislocating the neck. And in the street, some would make 
it a rod or so before getting alongside of the one met. 

The courtesy of the girls was, in time, changed to a bow, 
and, as Webster says, courtesy, as a word, became obso- 

Work of Women in the Field. This was not very 
common, though more than now. The most they did of 
this sort was, they dropped corn in planting, helped rake 
hay, and pulled flax, much of which was raised. Some- 
times they picked potatoes and apples. But spinning, 
weaving and other similar operations, with milking, which 
was generally done by females, making butter and an 
abundance of cheese, and also taking care of large fam- 
ilies of children, made work enough in the house, without 
doing much in the fields. 

Nicknames. These are given in contempt and derision, 
or sportive familiarity. Nicknaming was extensive, but it 
came under the last defiiiition, '* familiarity,'* perhaps not 
** sportive." So children were spoken to, or older persons 
addressed or spoken of, by the names, Abe, Ben, Bill, Dan, 
Eb, Zeke, Jake, Jim, Jo, Jerry, Josh, Siah, Jont, Mike, Nat, 
Dick, Sam, Tom, iJets, Lid, Nance, Pol, Sal and Suke. 
Some of these are used still, but a sense of propriety and 
the advancement of proper refinement will eventually do 
away with the practice. 

TiiR Married State. Man is superior to woman in 
size and strength. Hence, and from love of power, he has 
acted the part of a tyrant over her. This has especially 
been the case in heathen countries. Christianity came to 
her relief. It raised her up from degradation and placed 
her by the side of man, to be his companion and true friend. 


Yet relics of heathenism and savage barbarity have ever 

.existed in enlightened lands. Macauley, in his history of 

England, states that in that country, 200 years ago, among 

the higher classes, men chastised their wives with whips as 

they would disobedient children. 

It is not likely they were ever treated so here. Blows 
were given only by the intoxicated and drunken. But 
woman's true position is being better and better understood. 
Nature and Revelation proclaim man '* the head of the 
woman," yet it is not to enslave her in the least. He is to 
cherish and love ; she is to reverence, confide in and bless 
him. The parties are in all possible ways to make each 
other happy. In well-regulated families there is the perfec- 
tion of domestic bliss, which a poet says is the only bliss 
*< that survived the fall.'* 

Poor and scanty Fare. It will readily be supposed 
that in early times there was destitution of what was neces- 
sary for comfortable subsistence. But few specimens need 
be given. Corn and beans were used to make porridge, 
and often cooked without meat. Laborers went into the 
forest, carrying this, frozen. When needing refreshment, 
they would build a fire, warm it, eat, and then work again. 
Coffee, in log cabins, and in humble cottages, was made of 
the crust of bread. It is related that one used to say, for 
food he caught fish near the mill at Freetown,broiled them on 
the coals ; and without pork, potatoes or salt, found it rath- 
er hard to swallow and digest. For a considerable time in 
many families, children did not come to the table with 
adults, but, after they had eaten, partook of the remnants or 
poorer food. Changes for the better have been great, al- 
though often so luxurious, that health and strength are not 
what they were in those days of simple and scanty diet. 

Superstitious Fear and Notions. These have been 
common in ages when the darkness of ignorance has pre- 
vailed. The comet was a sign of war or some other direful 
calamity. In 1456, one so frightened Pope Calixtus III. 


that he ordered prayer that the Lord would save from the 
Turks, the devil and the comet. And he feared the comet 
more than the devil. A half a century ago, the comet was 
regarded by some here as an omen of trouble in some 

There was belief in witchcraft. An old hag of a woman 
could transport herself through the air on a broomstick, or 
in some other way, and torment others. It was an indica- 
tion of bad luck to see the new moon first over the left 
shoulder. Friday was an unlucky day. It was a mis- 
fortune to be born on that day ; it would not do to be mai^ 
ried on Friday, nor commence any particular work or busi- 
ness then ; but some had to die on that day in spite of all 
that could be done, and probably the future was not im- 
periled as a consequence. The state of the weather on the 
last Friday in the month showed what it would be the fol- 
lowing month. 

One other notion existed down to half a century ago, 
which will be named. It was that those who kept bees, were 
in danger of losing them when the head of the family died, 
as, feeling the loss, they would depart. But it was believed 
there was a way to save them on the premises. This was 
for some one to go immediately to the hives and inform the 
bees of the death. This was done by giving a gentle rap 
on the hive to call attention, and tlie person would then say, 
** Tlie head of the family is dead." Sometimes the words 
used were, ** Bees, your master is dead." Then black 
crape would be put on the hive as a badge of mourning for 
the bees, and all was considered safe. The practice was 
handed down from English ancestors, it having been com- 
mon in England. To this day it exists in Prussia. Whittier 
has written a Hue poem on it, entitled, ** Telling the 

Most of the fears and notions indicated have passed 
away, as the people have become belter educated. Knowl- 
edge is a terrible foe to superstition. At its approach de- 

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lusion flees and disappears. Traces of some things named 
remain. Some still hold that the weather of the last Friday 
in the month is a forerunner of what it will be in the ensu- 
ing month. But that great astronomer and wise calculator 
of the weather, Dudley Leavitt, the Almanac maker, said, 
** There is neither sense nor reason in such an idea," and 
there is not. 

Loss OF Fire. For a long series of years the fire on one 
particular altar of sacrifice among the Jews did not go out. 
Families were not so favored in olden time. In winter it 
was easily kept, but in the warm season care was had to 
preserve it. Charges were given at night to *' cover it up,^ 
** kiver it up," *' rake it up," &c., still its loss was frequent. 
When it went out,it was common to go to the nearest neigh- 
bor and get coals in pieces of green bark, or in some dish. 
Another way was to strike fire with powder in the pan of a 
gun held near a bunch of tow. It is reported that a house- 
wife in this town, in an effort of this kind, used a musket 
that happened to be loaded with powder and shot. The gun 
went off, to her terrible consternation, the charge going out 
at one side of the house. Another case is related, which 
might not have been here. A boy in a family ,wishing some 
sport with the gun, loaded it, but it failed to go oft\ He 
thought the remedy would be to put in another charge. There 
was no explosion. He continued the process till six charges 
were put in, when, failing, he put the musket away. The 
mother, not knowing the state of things, took the musket to 
strike fire, and it did strike fire. She was so frightened that 
she went over backwards on the floor. The boy appeared 
on the scene and said, **Lie still, mother, there are five 
charges more to go off, sartin." 

Friction matches were invented after 1830, and were first 
used here in 1835 » ^f^^r that,the loss of fire was not a great 

Farming Tools. The late Hon. Wm. Plumer, Jr., of 
Epping said, in an Agricultural address, about 1820, that 

OP nAYMOND. 163 

** the Indians broke up the ground with a stake and had a 
hoe but little better than a clam-shell." 

In civilization it was better, but, from the settlements down 
to half a century ago, implements of husbandry were poor. 
Only a few need be noticed. Plows had straight handles, 
and were usually very large. Axes were heavy, thick back 
from 4he edge, and had straight handles. Hay forks were 
of iron, and forged by common blacksmiths. Hoes of iron, 
sometimes with handles, cut in the forests of suitable size and 
the bark stripped off. Scythe snaths, then called '* sneds,** 
had but one bend, unless a small tree was found with two or 
three natural crooks. 

But what is remarkable is, our ancestors not only work- 
ed patiently with poor tools, but they made them last very 
many years. Hoes, in fact, were used till they were not 
much better than clam-shells. Shovels, axes and scythes 
were not laid aside till fully worn out. 

Oxen were used to draw in hay until about forty years 
ago. The late Sherburn Blake was the first to take and 
read agricultural papers, and he became one of the best 
scientific and practical farmers in town. He used the first 
horse-rake in the place, in 1829. Moses L. Lovering, a 
man of enterprise and improvement, used the first mowing 
machine in town, in i860. 

Recording Events. Considering how poor their educa- 
tional advantages were, perhaps more was done in this line, 
in proportion to the number of people, than now. In a few 
cases a sort of diary was kept, but it was more common to 
make the record on the marginal pages of almanacs. We 
have seen an almanac of Gov. Weare, of Hampton Falls, 
for 1775, in which he put down some events. Sometimes 
the record was in account books. 

We find the following recorded by Jonathan Swain, Esq. 
Some of it was before coming to town : 

December 2, 1750. Rev. Mr. Fogg preached from Hebrew 2 : 9. 
1761, Dry season. Rain came July 10, and the 16, a smart shower. 


1775, Popalation of the Province of New Hampshire 150,000. 
December 8, 1775, my son I>evi marched to the army. 
1783, August 9, a hard frost. 
1786, May 30, hard frost, that cut down the com that was up. 

1797, Tuesday October, 17 began .to move the meeting-house in Ray- 

1798, Jone 18, began to raise the great meeting house in Exeter. 

Levi Swain put down this, in the book of his father : 
Dr. Sliepard, of Brentwood, died November 4, 1815. 

The following record was by the late Captain Daniel 
Lovering, a man of much original thinking : 

November 18, 1813. This day we moved in this house. 

March 27, 1815. Our meddow h — is about gone, and our English h — 
half over the bay up to tlie girts. 

We began to hay July 17, 1815. There h:is been no rain of any conse- 
quence for six weeks. About as dry as ever known for the season. 

1816. Frost July 1, — I began to mould my com tlio 18, instant-4ho 
com is as low as ever known at this season of the year. We began to hay 
July 22. 

1821, This March 16— This day I plowed and sowed half bushel of rye 

These are taken from his account book, and Oct. i, 1841, 
in giving credit for half a day's work at digging potatoes, 
he says, *' There has been no frost." 

We have at hand a record kept by William Smith ITealcy 
quite early. It will be seen by the genealogy of the Ilealey 
family, that he was born here very early in the settlements, 
lived at the west end, south of the Langford road, and all 
the Healeys now in town were of later generations. 

Great interest attaches itself to this record as in some 
cases it is full. He could write, but his spelling was just 
what might be expected under the circumstances. His own 
name he spelt differently from that now. He appears to 
have possessed a lively imagination, and, better than this, 
correct moral sentiments. When he began his record, he 
was 21 years of age, and was about to leave home to work 
in the country. A few extracts are given : 

OF UAYftlOND. 165 

I, William Smith Ilcaley was boru November 6 day 1745. 

Raymond June 7 1764 William Smith Ilealey his Trow account Book 
for Dat & Creadt. 

For men are to be just in theare Delelings twords an another. 

let us do good to all men as unto ower own seaives and in so doing we 
shall find feast to our sealvcs. 

intending to march to Plymouth I on the 21 of Juno 17G7 march of or 
set Suatc 111 the 22 year of my Roane. [Probably in some written docu- 
ments, ho had seen the date in such a year in the roigu of tlio king of Eng- 
land, and he applied the term reign to himself.] 

27 arrived and went to work lor Capt. Danncl Branerd ower bargen 
was to work two months for fore Pounds Lawful money and if we did not 
like onaother we are to depart in peco. 

Now these two months are accomplished then ower bargen was for an- 
other month thirty shillings Lawful money. 

Raymond Apriel the 18 day 17G8 [ William Smith Ilealy began to work 
with John Dodoly. [This was John Dudley, afterwards Judge.] 

November 29 I have worked 7 months and ho give me a Not for ten 
Pounds Lawful money It was Dated November 29 Day yearr 1768. 

April the 13 Day 1769 my house was Rosed. 

I William Smith Healy was married Octobear 31 Day 1771. 

September the 29 Day the Meeting house was Rased. [This is named 
in the Civil History for diat year. The war came on, it was not finished, 
and the frame Wiis taken down.] 

June the 6 yer 1795 Joseph ClilFord threw Down my Stone Wall boforo 
me and Nathenel Ilealy Iluniphery Hook and Benj. Wodley Clinford. [It 
appears from some things furUier said, tliere was a dispute about the di- 
vision of the fence.] 

Mr. Healey carefully put down a record of the birUi of his children. 
We give only one as an example : November the 29 yer 1782 ower child 
the nCUi garl or Darter was Born on friday afore Day. 

On a page of Mr. lis note book, his own death is record- 
ed, by another hand, thus : ** William Smith Healy Died 
December 27, 1795." 

And here we take leave of this unusually faithful chron- 
icler of events, touched with deep sympathy for him who 
wrote so much, although in the early time of the town ; when 
he was young, he probably did not go to school a day. 

Prices. A few items from the account book of the elder 
Dca. Jeremiah Fullonton : 

1812. io tliii'ty clap-board nails .05 

*' to half bushel potatoes .25 


1824. to two tie bows .20 

** to one bushel of com .67 

On one book is a charge worthy of being noticed as illus- 
trative of some things in earlier times. In i8io, is thus : 

To two cheese .40 

A cheese for 20 cents ! But then it was common to make 
skim-milk cheese, which these probably were. We know 
a minister who lived in this State a little later, who had a 
present of a cheese from one of his parishioners. He could 
not'cut it with a knife, so he took it out of door, laid it on a 
logy struck several blows with an ax, and at length it was 
cleft in twain. There is a bird that will swallow small stones 
and pieces of iron, but could it have digested this cheese? 
Neither the minister nor his family swallowed any of it. 

Some years a pair of pretty good oxen could be bought 
for about fifty dollars ; a hundred dollar horse was not often 
known. Young men worked as laborers on the farm for 10 
dollars per month for the season, and often for less. By the 
day, men worked for fifty cents, mechanics for 67 or 75 cts. 
Horses were let for three cents a mile, wagons, when they 
came into use, about three cents per mile ; and a glass of rum 
was three cents. 

But a few items from Capt. Lovering's account book will 
illustrate this : 

1812 To father and Dudley one day on the coal-pit .8;^ 

1813 To two days fniniing barn 1.00 

1814 Snninol Moody Dr. Feb. To one dny cnlting timber .34 
1819 Mr Newell Dr. To one {K)iind tea liison .3D 

We have seen an account book in which, in 1812, are the 
following charges : 

To one gallon of Sidcr .12 

To two gi^.Ilons of Sidei .25 

To two quarts rum .60 

One record of a District School Meeting will be given, to 



show prices of board and wood. It was at the Branch Dis- 
trict, in 1820. Then, what is now the Brown District was a 
part of it. 

April 4, 1820, Capt. Bean chosen Moderator for said meeting 

One month boarding mistress bid olT to Mr Whittier one dollar a week 

Second month to Joseph Robio one dollar 

Ttiird month to Capt. Tolo [Towle] one dollar 

Fourth to Mr Whittier one dollar 

Fifth to Dmiel Levering one dot In r 

The remainder to Mr Whittier at 90 cts per week 

One cord of wood Mr Whittier 1.25 cts 

One do Col Levering 1.25 

One do Samncl poor 1.25 

The romainor John moor same rate 

** School-marms" had five shillings, or one dollar 
per week. ** Masters,*' ten dollars per month. If schools 
were very large, sometimes more was paid. 

Female Teachers. Until about thirty years ago, females 
taught the summer schools, and males the winter. Now 
very largely females are employed at all seasons. In this 
town only one or two males have been employed for some 
years past. In 1874, not one. The High School has two 
terms in a year. Mr. E.* B. Hazzen was long employed, 
and was successful. Mr. Emery and others did a good 
work. But for three terms, ending November last, Miss 
Lucy A. Burnham, of Thetford, Vt., has had charge, show- 
ing herself qualified, a ready teacher, a most earnest work- 
er and giving great satisfaction. And now we can record, 
that, at the annual town meeting, held March 9, 1875, Miss 
Lucy A. Burnham was elected Superintending School Com- 
mittee ot Raymond. Women are fast coming to the front, 
and in every proper way in which it is done, it is to be hail- 
ed as a change for the better. 




This is a new feature of a Town History, so far as we 
know. The origin of these names is often interesting, and 
all may wish to know how their names came. 

What is here given was prepared years ago. It is con- 
fined mostly to names found in town. There have been 
some new residents since this was written, and it has not 
been convenient to notice these, as much we have obtained 
was gotten in scientific works, at some distance away. The 
learned Professor who owned them is now dead 

Surnames were first used by the Romans 700 years before 
Christ, and 2575 years ago. Some of the Jews, named in 
the New Testament, used them, as Simon Peter, John 
Mark, &c. They were under the Romans, and got the 
practice from them. They were introduced into England 
about 800 years ago, during the reign of that weak, pas- 
sionate and unlortimate king, John, whom we shall have oc- 
casion to name in the Genealogy of the Poor Family. 

Surnames are convenient, in fact necessary. With forty 
Johns, or Jameses, or Marys, or Sarahs in town, how could 
they be distinguished? When several with the same Chris- 
tian and surname are in a place, by adding Jr., and then 
numerals, difficulties are mostly obviated. 
Abbott. From Abbot, the governor of an abbey. 
Anderson. The son of Andrew, and Andrew means a strong 

Bailey. A baliff, or a steward. 
Beede. Devout, pious. 

Blake. From the British Ap Lake, the son of the Lake. 
Bishop. An office in the Christian ministry. 


Blaisdell. Blase, spring forth, dell, a valley. The name 
was from a residence in a springing valley. 

Bagley. From bailiflf, which is a sheriffs deputy. 

Brown. A color. 

Bean. A vegetable. 

Burbank. Saxon bur, the head of a burdock, chestnut, &c., 
and bunc, elevated earth. Name first given to a bank 
covered with burs. 

Bachelder. The Dutch bock, meant book. Bareo is doc- 
tor. The whole means doctor of divinity, law or medicine. 

Currier. From the trade, leather dresser. 

Cleaves. Cliff, the family of the cliff. 

Carlton. Cal, neck of a hill, ton, town. Name from loca- 

Cram. German kram, a retail shop. ^ 

Corson. From a word that meant broad-shouldered, strong. 

Clough. A ravine, or deep, narrow hollow. 

Dwight. A word that meant a strong man. 

Davis. From a word that meant beloved, dear. 

Dearborn. Dear and born, costly birth. 

Dodge. Starting suddenly aside. 

Dudley. Dudo's field. The old English Dode-ly was dead 

Elliot. Some say, son of Elias. Heliot in Welch is a hunts- 
man, a pursuer. 

Edgcrly. Saxon Edigar means haj^py, ly is like. The 
name means happily. 

Emerson. The Saxon Emar was noble. The name means 
son of the noble. 

Emery. Hard substance, used in polishing metals. The 
name means powerful, rich. 

Fox. An animal. 

Ferren. From two Latin words that meant dealer in iron. 

Fisk. Anglo-Saxon word that meant fish. Also to run. 

Fogg. A misty atmosphere, another g being added. Scot- 
tish fog is a dry grass. 


Fowler. A sportsman that hunts wild fowl. 

Folsom. From fowl and ham. Fowls home. 

Fullonton. Fuller, a cloth dresser, ton, town. It means 

Garland. A wreath of flowers. 
Gove. A mow, rick or stack of hay. 
Gile. A small pebbly rivulet. 
Gordon. Words that meant little valley. 
Gilman. Gill in Dutch was a brook. Gilman is Brookman. 
Griffin. In one language Griffyin signifies to give. The 

name was applied to one of strong faith. 
Gould. The Saxon word Gould was applied to the most 

valuable metal. From that word Gould came. 
Gilmore. From the name applied to a Scottish chief. 
Green. A color. 
Gleason. Glee was merriment ; son added, makes son of 

Hackett. From a French word, meaning cut-it. 
Hardy. Enduring quality of mind or body. 
Ham. Saxon ham, meant home. 

Heath. A beautiful plant in England. Also means a desert. 
Hodgkins. From a word that meant strong counsel. 
Hill. High land. 

Hoyt. Hoit, Hight, Iloyte, Haite. Name from a high hat. 
Harriman. Different spelling of Henryman. Henry means 

honor. Harriman is Honorman as to meaning. 
Healey. Saxon Hea was high ; ley, a pasture. The whole 

is High pasture. 
Holman. From a word that meant man of valor. 
Higley. Hig, like Ilea in Healey, is high ; ley, pasture. 

High pasture. 
Holt. A small wood. 

James. A Christian name in much use. Means surplanter. 
Jones. Some say it is from John, meaning liberal, merci- 
ful ; others from Jonas, a dove. 
Joy. Gladness, rejoicing. 

OP RArMOND. 171 

Kimball. Cam was bent. Another word was applied to 

some part of the body. It meant some bent form. 
Keys. A key is to open a lock. Name from this with s 

Locke. A bolt to fasten, with e added. 
Littlefield. Small field. 
Lane. A narrow passage. First given to one who lived in 

such a place. Sometimes it means alone. 
Ladd. A youngster. In the surname a d added. 
Leavitt. Leave and it. 
Lovering. Love and lover we know. The Saxon inge is 

a pasture or meadow. The whole is lovers' pasture. 
Leacli. An oOice in the old country. 
Morrill. Moral. 
Moore. A Moor is a low land, sometimes boggy. The 

name was given to one living in such a place. Adding e 

is a matter of taste or fancy. 
Merrill. From words mer, sea, and rill, brook. Meaning 

Morrison. Son of Morris. Morris is from the Welch Mawr, 

great, and rys, a warrior. So the name means son of 

great warrior. 
McClure. Scottish Mac is son, Greek lura, the lyre or 

harp. Meaning is son of the lyrist. 
Mardcn. In the Gaelic it was Mar, great, duin, man. The 

whole is great man. 
Moulton. Mould and ton. Meaning a model town. Name 

first given, probably, to one who lived in such a place. 
Magoon. Corruption of the name Mac Gowan, Mac meant 

son, Gow, mirth. Whole, son of mirth. Some say Ma- 
goon means Smithson. 
Moody. The English means out of humor. The Welch 

Meudwy means a recluse, a hermit. 
Norris. In French it is a cherished child. Norry in Eng- 
land was the third king at arms. Probably the name 

came from the last. 


Norton. Northtown. Given to one living there. 

Nason. Na and son. No sons« all daughters. 

Newhall. New and Hall. Name to one living there. 

Nay. From Naylor, a maker of nails,Nay being a contrac- 
tion of the original word nagle. 

Nowell. North well. 

Osgood. Saxon. This meant house, the whole is good 

Poor. Given first to some poor in flesh. 

Pierce. To enter, to penetrate. 

Pecker. One who strikes with a pointed instrument, or digs 
or delves with a pointed weapon. 

Perkins. The son of Peter from the Greek petros, a rock. 

Patten. From the Latin patima, or French patin, the base 
or pedestal of a pillar or column. 

Prescott. Sax Priest-cot The name signifies Priest cot- 

Pettingill. Patin the foot or base, and gill, a brook. The 
whole is foot brook. 

Pease. Name of a vegetable with e added. 

Page. Name of an office. Generally it is a lad who waits 
on a legislative body, or a noble family. 

Pollard. Pol in Dutch is the head, and chopper. It was ap- 
plied as a name to one who topped the trees. 

Robinson. Name originally Robertson. Son of Robert, 
and Robert means bright in fame. 

Richardson. Son of Richard, whijch means ricli hearted. 

Roberts. Christian name Robert with s added. Robert 
means bright in fame. 

Robie. Formerly Roby. Ro is rest, by a town. The 
meaning is quiet town. 

Rundlett. The Saxon Rund was round. The name was 
from the manufacture of small casks, called rundlets. 

Rowe. A series of persons or things, three or more in a 
right line is a row. Add e and it is the name. 

Smith. Occupation, but whether the name was first given to a 


blacksmith, silver-smith, copper-smith or some other, can 

not be told. 
Spaulding. Spaulding was a place. 
Shepard. From shepherd, a keeper of sheep. 
Stevens. From the Christian name Stephen, spelling 

changed. The name s signifies a crown. 
Spinney. Gathic spin, Saxon spinman. The name given 

to one who worked at the business. 
Sargent. Spelling of sergeant, a non-commissioned officer, 

Swain. A youth, a herdsman. The Saxon word was swein. 

Name from the employment of a shepherd. 
Smart. Briskness, ability. 
Scribncr. Latin scribe, to write. A word now obsolete 

was scribender, a writer. That is the name, leaving out 

one e and d. 
Sanborn. A hamlet in England called Samborne or 

Spencer. One in care of a spcnce or buttery. 
Twilight. Faint light. 
True. In accordance with facts. The name was probably 

given first to one eminently reliable. 
Tripp. Trip, a quick, lively step, with p added. 
Tuttle. Italian tutto from Latin tutos. It means all and 

hill. The name early was Tuthill. 
Tilton. Saxon Tilt, a tent; ton, town. It meant Tent- 
town, or tent-residence. 
Towle. Tol, a small grove of lofly trees. Early it was 

given to one residing at such a place and was written 

Titcomb. Tit was small ; and comb was a British word 

meaning valley. Name means small valley. 
Tucker. Tuck was a name for a swordsman, from the 

Welch tweca, a long, narrow sword. Name given to one 

that used it. 
Todd. Scotch Tod, a fox. 


Tufts, Plural of tuft, a cluster, branch of threads, rib- 
bons, feathers, grass or shrubs of trees. Tuft forms the 
crest on the heads of birds, and was an ornament in her- 

Thurston. Thor was ttie Anglo-Saxon god of thunder. 
Thurston was the town where this god was worshiped. 
From this god Thur came, the name of the day of the 
week Thursday ; also the surname Thurston. 

Thomas. A Christian name, which has become a sur- 
name. It means a twin. It was applied first to one of 
the twelve disciples of the Saviour, and some suppose he 
was a twin. 

Welch. The people in Wales. 

Wheeler. Maker of wheels. 

Wallace. Wallis was the original word. A name given to 
the Britons by Danish invaders. It means the same as 
Wales or Welch. 

Whittier. A different spelling for Whitener, one who super- 
induces a white color. 

West. Point of the compass where the sun sets. 

Willard. Will, choice, determination, and strength. 
Name from these characteristics. 

Wendell. Dutch Wandelaar, a walker, a traveler. 


Wason. Some spell it Wasson. In Dutch it signifies to 
grow, to increase. Name to one in a growing place. 

Woodman. A forest officer, appointed to take care of the 
king's wood in England. 

Young. One early in life. 

York. Surname from the city of York in England, next in 
esteem to London. 




South of Uio common was ^Squire Shcrburn Blake, 
A farmer, tswcrnor and merchant wide awako ; 
Down the hill to the west, was Mr. William Towie, 
With him lived his father, war pensioner old. 

East, near the smith sliop, was Jonnthan Cram, 
Like Simon in PauPs da}', his trade was to tan ; 
Across, whore Sargent lives, was Doctor P. Trull, 
Some later was Farnsworth, a preacher never dull. 

Joseph Blake was post-master, mail once a week. 
Letters but few, newspapers six or eight; 
There was but one church, that dingy and dark. 
But so large it reminded one of Noah^s ark. 

There was Blake^s Store with respectable trade 
In cash, in barter or such things as they had ; 
Out-buildings were small, all progress was slow, 
And this was the village half a century ago. 


All things are small at first, they grow and extend. 
This is the rule in air, water and on land ; 
^ ris the order of Nature, **ni*st the blade then the ear/* 
Till all in perfection and finish appear. 

Now first of the dwellings ; there are seventy all trim, 
Some of them like palaces just fit for a king ; — 
The merchant.^ are Whittior Ss Liuld in one firm, 
And Tufts, assisted by J. Folsom Lane. 

There is Iligley & Shepard, Tilton, and J. S. James, 
These men are the ti*aders, I have given their names ; 
No doubt they are honest, good bargains won*t fiul, 
If you do as all should, '*plank cash on the nail.** 


I thonght this was all, for the present at least, 
But hold ! Mr. Printer, pray, '*stop the press ;^ 
Mr. Kimball came in eighteen seyenty-four. 
And opened in Blake's Block a " dty goods store.^ 

Then Whittier and Ladd were up to a trade. 
And sol d out to Kimball all the stock they had; 
He has SUckney for salesman, Smith aiding too, 
Business there is lively, they*re bound to put through. 

Then James took Robie, partner in tlio conoom, 
Tlieir trade is fair, 'tis immense in com ; — 
And Tufts oyer the way, all his goods sells out. 
Declaring it his purpose to *'shut up shop.** 

These changes were rapid, but all for the best. 
And now I will resume and put down the rest ; — 
Historians must be faichful, recording the whole. 
All luatteri that transpire, the great and the small. 

Miss Lovejoy, Uie milliner, will fit a nice dress. 
Sell fancy goods and bonnets, fair prices, I guess ; — 
And Bailey, tin- plater, sell nicest tin ware, 
And furnish stoves, all with the best of care. 

Doctor Gould has mcdicioe for every disease, 

He has stiitionei*y, much for usu and to please ; 

And there, too, is tlio Post-oflice, when the inuil comes in, 

Bollevo mo, Uioru's a rush, a bustle and din. 

Bean and Pecker keep hotels where travelers rest. 
And parties, seeking pleasure, are welcomed as guests ; 
N. C. Garland has a nice meat stall. 
As good as in Boston Market, near Faneuil Hall. 

There are churches and ministers, the gospel to preach, 
And Sabbath schools with instructors great truths to teach ; 
A Town Hall for town business, lectures and so on. 
Sometimes comic shows, wit, mirth and fun. 

Above is the High school room, where assemble the youth. 
To ascend fair '*Sience's Hiir to tlie temple of trutli; 
There knowledge is gained, a treasure worth more 
Than empires or kingdoms, or gold's richest store. 

OP 11AY310ND. 177 

Ladd has a shoe factory, workmen busy as bees ; 
Jones has a livery stable, you can ride when you please ; 
His liorses are right, some moderate, some slow, 
And some you can drive as Jehu did go. 

Meclianics are numerous, ^tis believed they are good ; 
They are skillful as craflHmon iii metals and wood ; 
Shoes are made in at)undanco for trade in the soutli. 
And other more distant domains of the eartli. 

Tlicro is a fine conmion, but wanting in shade ; 
To the east is •* God's acre," •• the city of the dead ;" 
Like Abraiiam's of old it has trees, valleys and plains. 
And art is employed in beauty to adorn. 

Tliero slumber the peaceful in calmest repose ; 

Tlie river on tlie border soft and gently flows ; 

The winds chant a requiem, and zephyi*s fan the flowers. 

While birds sing most sweetly in nature^s loved bowers. 

Cro now to the rail station, and Gilmore is there ; 
He'll furnish a ticket, order express witli care ; 
And if dispatclios sent quickly you need. 
He'll iianiess the liglitning, and send lightning speed. 

Don't accuse me of flattery ; did you ever teach school? 
If so, you found praise better than rod or ferule ; 
Give credit for merit, 'tis a motive of power, 
It induces good deeds, more and far more. 

So parents, in guiding the tender and young, 
Sliould make homo glad with music and song; 
Blame little, praise much, 'twill work wonders I know 
So much better is a kijs tlian cuffing and blow. 

But back to the subject, this village what a place I 
The engines draw cars as if running a race ; 
In the streets teams loaded with lumber, corn or hay ; 
Carriages in motion, people hurrying to and fro. 

I've been in most every Now England State, 
In New York and nortli in the Province of Quebec ; 
Seen cities and villages, the great and the small. 
But say I like this some better than all. 


It may be much larger, the prospect is fair, 
Ferfaaps be a city, Its cliief officer a Mayor; 
With laws of its own, with Alderman fat, 
We'll furnish the men, what say you to that? 



Genealogy is valuable. Our labor in this department has 
been amazing. It has been perplexing and almost distract- 
ing. The expression of Paul, **endless genealogies," would 
oTten come to mind. 

Such are given as could be obtained. In some important 
families, materials are too scanty to give anything that would 
be satisfactory, without work and expense that could not be 
employed, and, in some cases, not with these. In what has 
been done, in most cases, present generations have necessa- 
rily been much omitted. The living know them. 


There was a Brown in the ship ** May-flower," with those 
who came to Plymouth, Mass., and commenced a settlement 
in 1620. Another, named Abraham, came to Watertown, 
Mass., in 1632. Others came soon after. So we believe 
there have been some of the name in New England ever 
since it was settled. "John Brown" and '*Jobn Smith" 
seem to be almost everywhere. 


The first of the largest families of Browns in Raymond 
was Jedediah. He came from Seabrook and settled towards 
the south end of the Page road. 

Children of Jedediah and Abigail Brown : 

1. Mary, born Nov. 21, 1760, married Samuel Nay. 

2. Levi, born Oct. 4, 1762, married Elizabeth Swain and 
lived on the home farm. 

3. Dolly, born Jan. 21, 1766, married Samuel Prescott. 
They settled in Wilmot. 

4. Josiah, born March 16, 177 1. ' He lived near the Cen- 
ter, where Josiah Whittier now does. His first wife was 
Susan Prescott, of Epping. He had quite a family. Of his 
sons, Michael lived in Northwood, where he died in 1870. 
Orcn died at home in 1820. One of his daughters married 
Capt Jona. Cram. Mr. Brown died Aug. 27, 1828. 

5. Abigail, born June 16, 1778, married Reuben Towle. 
Children of Levi and Elizabeth Brown : 

1. Jedediah, born Nov. 11, 1786, married Martha Robin- 
son of Canterbury. He was a house carpenter, and an ex- 
cellent wheelwright. His children were John R., Martha, 
and Aaron W. Both of the sons have filled town oflices. 
He died Nov. 2, 1868. 

2. Jonathan S., born Oct. 12, 1788. He lived where his 
son Levi S. does, was a farmer, held town oflSices and was 
Representative in 1842, and died Feb, 12, 1842. 

3. Mary, born Aug. 13, 1790, married J. liowe, and lived 
in Brentwood. Her husband died, leaving Elizabeth B. 
Rowe, who has long been a teacher. Some years ago they 
came to town, and lived near John Brown, Esq. Mrs. Rowe 
died Oct. 29, 1870. 

4. Lyba, born Aug. 30, 1793. > ^, . 

5. Levi, *« «« «' «• S ^^"^^' 

Lyba was a farmer, lived on the home place, rose as high 
as Colonel of the 17th Regiment, and married Molly Nay. 
He died, Oct. 27, 1873. 

Levi was at first a farmer, late in life a miller at Freetown 


mills, was in town office, and one year Representative. His 
wife was Adaline Towle of Danville ; his sons, John D., in 
town, and George W. 

6. John, b. Feb. 2, 1796, married Lois Worthen, is an 
ingenious blacksmith, a surveyor of land, is a Justice of the 
Peace, much in town office, and two years Representative. 
His son, J. Frank, lives near him, two daughters are away. 

Another Browu family lived in the Gile district Our 
account is as follows: In 1734, Samuel Brown lived in Brad- 
ford, Mass. That year or the next he came to Chester. He 
was a Presbyterian, and often had the title Doctor applied 
to him, although not a physician. Possibly he did some- 
thing with roots and herbs for diseases of men or cattie. He 
died in 1794. 

Joseph, a son, was bom in 1758, lived in Chester and 
died in 1802. 

Jonathan, bom in 1760, settled in Fremont. Dr. Wm. W. 
Brown, for some time in practice in Chester, was a grand- 
son of this Jonathan. Another son of Samuel Brown was 
David. He came from Chester and settled north of the 
Gile school-house. The account of his family stands thus : 

David Brown, bom Nov., 1765, died May 8, 1838. 

Elizabeth Nay, born Jan. 6, 1766, died May i, 1852. 
Married Jan. 6. 1791. 

Children of David and Elizabeth Brown : 

1. Sarah, b. Jan. 21, 1792, died Sept. i, 1843. 

2. David, b. July 27, 1793. He was a Botanic physician 
in Hingham, Mass., and died Feb. 4, 1865. 

3. Mary, b. Jan. 14, 1795, died March 28, 1846. 

4. Susanna, b. March 26, 1797. She lived at home, was 
an exemplary Christian, and died Nov. 6, 1820. 

5. Samuel, b. April 27, 1779, died May 24, 1848. 

6. Joseph, b. 'June 14, 1801. His first marriage was to 
Miss Elvira Howard, in Cambridgeport, Mass., March 31, 
1833. She died July 30, 1850. His second wife was Mrs. 
Mary Holman. lie lived on the home place, was a farmer, 

4cl€^ ^. '6i'- 


and sustained the character of a peaceable, honest and up- 
right citizen. He died suddenly, Nov. 8, 1866. His chil- 
dren were four sons, by his first wife. 

7. James K., b. June 4, 1805. He married Lydia Fowler, 
and lives on the Nay road. 

8. Elizabeth L., b. Oct. 12, 1807, married Mr. Rugg. 

9. Ebenczer L, b. July 6, 1810. 

Children of Joseph Brown and Elvira Howard Brown : 

I. Calvin Howard. His portrait accompanies this, and 
the following account of him will not be deemed too exten- 

Calvin Howard Brown, son of Joseph and Elvira Howard 
Brown, was born at Raymond, Oct. 19, 1834, ^^^ ^^^ l^st 
at sea, by the foundering of the Steamer *• Melville," Jan. 
8, 1865, while on his way to Port Royal, S. C. 

He inherited from his mother an intense thirst for knowl- 
edge, and from his father great force of character and devo- 
tion to duty. His earliest desire was for books and the privi- 
lege of going to school. The oldest of four brothers, three 
of whom went to college, he led the way, and was no less 
interested in their success than in his own. At that time the 
school privileges of district number six, in which fie resided, 
were limited to a term of eight weeks in the summer and 
six or eight weeks in the winter, and there was no school 
of a higher grade in town. 

Though generally subjected to the misfortune of a differ- 
ent tc.icher every term, still, he had such love of study and 
received such inspiration at home, that, though he did not 
attend the summer school after he was about ten years old, 
he had made greater progress when he left the school than 
most pupils of the same age now connected with the large 
graded and high schools. It was his earnest desire to se- 
cure an education, and he worked persistently with that ob- 
ject in view, bending every energy to accomplish it. He 
obtained nearly all his preparation for college under mstruc- 
tion of Mr. T. O. Norris, a native of Raymond, at Hamp- 


ton Academy, finishing at Kimball Union Academy, Men- 
den. He entered Dartmouth College in Aug., 1855, and 
graduated in due course in 1859, ^^^i^g ^ high rank in his 
class. He spent the winters of his academic and college 
life in teaching school, and after leaving college was for 
three years principal of the High school at Stoneham, Mass. 
He was very successful as a teacher and had a high esti- 
mate of the dignity and usefulness of that work, but regard- 
ed the law as his life pursuit, and gave up his school in 1862 
to prepare for it. 

He studied law with T. L. Wakefield, Esq., Boston, and 
commenced practice in that city. 

He made a favorable beginning, and, had he lived, could 
not have failed to attain success in the profession. He had 
a mind trained to work, persistent energy, great integrity of 
character and self-reliance. 

It is no secret that most of the college graduates from 
Raymond have been obliged to depend upon their own re- 
sources, and his experience was no exception. The Ray- 
mond farms do not generally justify their owners in incurring 
the expense of sending their sons to college. 

He had to fight his own way with such indirect assistance 
as he could obtain at home, but he triumphed over all ob- 
stacles and became stronii^er from the struggle. 

As a teacher, he exerted great influence over his pupils, 
and stimulated them to make the most of themselves. 

As a lawyer, he would have worked in the interests of jus- 
tice and fair dealing and in favor of the peaceful adjustment 
of diflUculties, instead of litigation. 

. As a citizen, he was interested in everything that benefit- 
ed the community. He had a strong love for his native 
town, and took great interest in everything pertaining to its 
welfare, especially in the centennial celebration that occurred 
but a few months before his tragic death. It was largely 
due to his heroic efforts that the ill-fated steamer was kept 
afloat during the terrible hours of that awful night, as it 


proved, only to surrender his life with those other brave 
souls on that wintry Sabbath morning. 

Thus ended a life of great hope and promise, and only 
two weeks and a half after the death of his beloved young- 
est brother, of whom he wrote, when he heard of his sad and 
lamented early death in a distant city, — ** It matters little 
when we die, if we fall when manfully endeavoring to do our 
duty," little thinking that those now memorable words would 
prove his own best eulogy and epitaph. 

Funeral services were held in the Congregational church 
here, March 9, ig^S- Among the afflicted friends was a 
lady from Stoncham, Mass., with whom, probably, he would 
have been united in marriage, had he lived. The sermon 
was by Rev. S. P. Fay, of Salem Street church, Boston* 
Mr. F. had been intimately acquainted with him in Hamp- 
ton and Boston. The discourse was afterwards printed. 
And thus closed the short career of one of the most excel- 
lent and promising young men ever raised up in the town. 
In the language of Dr. Young, — 

'* Our sighs were numerous and profuse our tears, 
For he, we lost, was lovely, and we loved him much,** 

2. David Henry, b. Aug. 17, 1836, an account of whom 
is given in the list of College Graduates. 

3. Joseph L., b. Dec. 8, 1838. It; seemed desirable that, 
in this family of scholars, one should live with the father on 
the homestead. This was the providential arrangement. 
The lot fell to Joseph, who still lives on the farm. 

4. James W. lie is mentioned on page 79 as an under- 
graduate in college. He died before graduating, and we 
give the following account of him : 

James William Brown, son of Joseph and Elvira Howard 
Brown, was born at Raymond, June 18, 1841, and died at 
Nashville, Tenn., Dec. 22, 1864. He was the youngest of 
four brothers, and inherited a delicate physicial organization* 


SO that, in his childhood, it seemed doubtful about his living 
to reach manhood. 

He had a passion for books, and was the favorite at home 
and at school. It was difficult to keep him from developing 
the mental at the expense of his physical powers. lie grad- 
uated at Phillips Academy, Andover, Mass., July, 1861, 
and entered Dartmouth College the following month. 

He had been in college over three years, and planned to 
spend the last winter vacation of his collegiate course in 
the quartermaster's department at Nashville, instead o^ 
teachiug school, as in previous winters. 

The climate proved unfavorable to his health, and he fell 
a victim to typhoid fever. 

He was a superior scholar, had a rare sense of honor, ex- 
cellent character, and was a young man of whom much was 
expected by his friends. 

Other Brown Families. Mention of the late Moses 
Brown's children will be made in connection with Colonel 
Lovering's family, there having been inter-marriages. The 
late Brown, at the Green, was from Candia. Another Brown 
family has been prominent in town to which allusion should 
be made and some account given, but, in the absence of rec- 
ords, it must be brief. This family was from Hampton. 

The first Brown in Hampton was John, son of a Scotch- 
man. John lived in London, and was a baker. He came 
to Salem, Mass., in 1635. The next year 1638, he remov- 
ed to Hampton with the first settlers. He became a large 
land-holder, and in 1653 paid the highest tax, save two, in 
town. Ilis death is recorded thus in the Hampton Records: 
*'John Browne Aged about ninelie eight years Died upon 
the 28h Day february 1686." It is said he was 25 years 
older than his wife. 

John Brown, from Hampton, settled in Deerfield, not far 
from the north-west corner of Raymond. What links, it 
any, connected him with the first John Brown, we can not 
tell. Two sons, John and Abraham, went to Deerfield with 


their father. John came to this town somewhat later and 
settled on the Leavitt place, north of Mr. Harriman's. He 
was the father of tMe late Joseph Brown, whose children. El- 
bridge G., Horace, J. Plumer, Mrs. Simon Page, Mrs. 
Amos Bacheldor, and Mrs. Elbridge Dearborn, live in town. 
Abraham Brown, of Decrfield, had a son Jonathan, who 
settled in the Gile district about 1824. His children, living, 
are Mrs. A. F. Keys, Mrs. Oliver Hunt, of Danville, Mrs. 
Freeman Colcord, of Candia, Charles H., John P., named 
in the list of College Graduates, and that of Physicians, and 
Olney T. 


The name was in England long ago. The troublous reign 
of Charles I. ended with his being beheaded in 1649. Crom- 
well was then Protector 11 years. One who bore this name 
vvas Admiral of the Navy. He was opposed to Cromwell 
and wished the restoration of the monarchy in the line of 
the House of Stuart, but felt it his duty, as an officer, to 
support the authority in power. 

The Blakes of Raymond descended from Jasper Blake. 
We have the authority of the late John Farmer, of Concord, 
for saying he was the first of the name to come over from 
England. He came to Hampton in 1650. He was married 
four times, his last wife being Deborah Dalton, sister of Rev. 
T. Dalton, minister of Hampton. He had 10 children, viz., 
Deborah, who married Eleazer Elkins, Timothy, Israel, 
Jasper, John, Sarah, Joshua, Samuel, Dorothy, and Phile- 
mon. He lived in Hampton 23 years and died June 5, 1673, 

Timothy, son of Jasper, married Naomi Sleeper in 1679. 
His children were Moses, Israel, Aaron, Deborah, Naomi, 
Ruth and Samuel. Mr. Blake died in 1718. 

Nottingham was settled in 1727, and, awhile after, Israel 
Blake, son of Timothy, struck for that wilderness. We are 
pretty sure he was there when the Indians killed three per- 


sons. His children were Deborah, who married E. Tucker, 
Sarah married Ephraim Elkins, Eliza married O. Grifiin« 
Jedediah, Joseph, Israel and Benjamin. He died in 1753. 

Fourth Generation. Joseph, son of Israel, lived in 
Epping. His children were : 

1. Joseph. 

2. Mehitable, married a Swain of Northwood. 

3. Jonathan. He lived in Northwood, and was the father 
of Rev. J. L. Blake, an Episcopal minister, who was the 
author of the Historical Reader, used in schools, a work on 
astronomy, and many other books. 

4* Asahel. 

5. Sherbum, who lived in Northwood. 

6. Sarah, who married Col. John Harvey, of Northwood, 
and was the mother of Hon. John Harvey of that town, 
formerly Judge of Probate for Rockingham County. 

Fifth Generation. Joseph Blake of the fourth genera- 
tion, son of Joseph of the third, lived in Epping. He might 
have had several children, but we have account of but two. 

I.Joseph. He settled at Epping corner, where he kept 
store and was an extensive land-holder. His death was by 
drowning, Nov., 1845. 

2. Sherburn,b. Nov. 4, 1773, lived in Epping, afterwards in 
Raymond. The oflices he held are named in the list of town 
officers. Also an account of him is in the biographical chap- 
ter of this book. The account of the family is as follows : 

Sixth Generation. Sherburn Blake married Affa Os- 
good, Dec. 30, 1796. Ilis children were : 

1. Joseph, b. Oct. 28, 1797. He came to this town from 
Epping, with his father, when young, married Joanna Nor- 
ris of Nottingham, held many offices, named in other parts 
of this book, and died Feb. 14, 1864. His children were 
Joseph of Michigan, George A., college graduate and a 
physician, and William B., on the homestead. 

2. Sherburn, b. Aug 29, 1800, married first Elizabeth 
Pierce, second, Lucinda Hersey. lie was a good farmer, at 


his home on the Ilarriinan road, and concerned in the store 
at the Center. Children, — Sherburn P. in town, John E., 
Mrs. McClure, Mrs. Webster, Mrs. Dr. Tuttle. These 
were by the first wife. By the second, Henry H. Mr. Blake 
died May 22, 1863. 

3. Eleanor, b. Feb. 11, 1803. 

4. Olive, b. June 2, 1805, married first N. Bachelder, sec- 
ond, Mr. Eaton. 

5. Dolly, b. Nov. 27, 1809, married W. Parker. 

6. Shuah, b. March 7, 1812, married Mr. Eaton. 

7. Abigail, b. Sept. 19, 1817, married first Mr. French of 
Kingston, a teacher in Exeter Academy, second. Rev. L. S. 

It is seen from the foregoing that there was a Joseph in the 
third, fourth, fifth and sixth generation, ending with the late 
Hon. Joseph Blake of Raymond Center. Then there is his 
son Joseph of Michigan of the seventh generation. He 
had a sbn Joseph. He was of the eighth generation,* He 
used to visit here, but died in early life. In all, one bore the 
name in six generations. 


Accompanying the account of the Bean family, we have 
the satisfaction of presenting a view of the old Bean house, 
the oldest now standing in town. In this, lived Lieut. Benja- 
min Bean, followed by his son Thomas, whose son, Capt. 
Benjamin Bean, was next ; and then the late John Bean, son 
of the Captain. It was, in early years, a tavern. The 
first town meetings were held there, and also meetings for 
preaching before a house of worship was erected. 

This house was standing in 1752, and was built by Da- 
vid Bean, a brother of Lieut. Bean. ]*robably it was built 
about 1750, and is, therefore, 125 years old. It has been 
kept in good repair, and looks as if it would do service 100 
years longer. It is now owned by Frank G. Bean, at the 


village, who is of Ihe fourth generation from Lieul. Bean, 
the first proprietor. 

The house is large and rather elegant as to architectural 
proportions. The chimney in it, till last year, was a wonder. 


At the base it was about eight feet square ; in the chambers, 
five at least, and at the top, four feet one way, and some less 
the other. In examining ii, a few years ago, and taking its 
measure, we were reminded of the anecdote of a boy whom 
people called Ben, living 60 years ago in a family in town. 
His employer took him with him to Exeter, then not a large 
village. lie exclaimed, ** I nebber, nebber 1 It isn't strange 
how they built so many houses, but I don't see where they got 
the boards." And we can't see where they got the bricks, 
when this part of the country was mostly a wilderness. Ep-. 
ping is the nearest place where they have been made. Some 
suppose there was a place for making them not far away, 
on meadow land now owned by Aaron W. Brown, but, from 
the nature of the soil there, it is quite doubtful. 


The earliest and largest family of this name in town was 
the one south of Freetown Mills. It has been about 123 
years since the first member came here. 

The first was David, who was born, in 1725, in Kingston, 
where, at the age of 23, he married Mary Judkins. He 
settled in Epping, then came to this town near Freetown 
Mills, 1752. He was not here many years, but went to the 
Island in Candia. His descendants are there now. Rev. 
Moses Bean, of Candia village, was also a descendant. 
Those of this family in Candia have been enterprising busi- 
ness men, and good citizens. The Bean family in Ray- 
mond, nearly related, have been about equally so. 

Benjamin Bean was a younger brother of David. He 
lived here first in the field north-west of Aaron W. Brown's 
shop, then in the house opposite that of the late John Bean. 

The following are the children of Benjamin and Han- 
nah Bean : 

1. Mary, b. 1752, married Benjamin Cram, and lived 
where Josiah B. Cram now lives. 

2. Benjamin, b. Aug. 30, 1754. 


3. Hannah, b. March 7, 1756, married Levi Merrill, 
and resided in that part of Shapleigh now called Acton, 

4. Deborah, b. Nov. 13, 1758, married Joseph Dudley, 
lived in town a short time, then moved to Readfield, Me., 
where she died, in 1780. 

5. Thomas, b. Feb. 8. 1760, married Elizabeth Dudley, 
daughter of Judge Dudley, and liyed on the homestead of 
his father. He was a farmer and kept tavern. He died 
Sept. ID, 1804. 

6. Sarah, b. April 4, 1762. 

7. Joan, b. Dec. 29, 1763. 

8. Mehitable, b, Aug. 28, 1765, married Ralph Fam- 
ham, of Shapleigh, now Acton, Me., where she died in 
1842. Her husband lived to the age of 104 years. 

9. Anna, b. April 12, 1768. 

Sboond Generation. Children of Thomas and Eliza- 
beth Bean : 

1. John, b. Dec. 19, 1780, died young. 

2. Benjamin, b. Dec. 19, 1780, married Naomi Page, daugh- 
ter of Simon, and lived on the old homestead. He was a 
farmer. He died Nov. 21, 1844. 

3. Thomas, b. 1782. 

4. Betty, b. 1782, died young. 

5. Moses b. June 19, 1785, died Nov. 3, 1786. 

6. A child, b. 1788. 

7. Elizabeth, sometimes called Betsey, b. May 31, 1792, 
married John Prescott. She died March 4, 1813. 

8. A child, date not ascertained. 

Mehitable Bean married Ralph Farnham, of Acton, Me. 
Children : 

1. Benjamin, b. April, 1785. 

2. Hannah, b. March, 1788, married Deacon Samuel 
Runnels, lived in Acton, and had nine children. One ot 
them, John, became a preacher in the Freewill Baptist de- 
nomination. William B., the youngest, is a physician. 


3. Polly, b. April, 1792, married Deacon Job Ricker, 
lived in Acton, and had six children. 

4. Joanna, b. March, 1795. 

John, b. June, 1797, married Fanny Merrill, lives in 
Acton, has had five children. 

5. Daniel, b. Oct., 1799. 

6. Ralph, b. Jan., 1802. He was married and lived in 
the eastern part of Maine. 

Besides these six, there were two who died young. 
Third Generation. Capt. Benjamin and Naomi Bean, 
had children as follows : 

1. Hannah, died young, Oct. 3, 1803. 

2. Hannah, married Samuel Gipson of Poplin, now Fre- 
mont, where she resides, a widow. 

3. Thomas, b. 1806, married Waity Dearborn, moved to 
Candia, and died in 1873. 

4. Sophia, b. Nov. 14, 1808, married first, Aaron Bartlett 
of Brentwood; second, S. Ladd of the same town. She 
died, Feb. 10, 1875. 

5. Betsy, b. July 28, 1811, married Wm. Bartlett of King- 
ston, where she died. 

6. John, b. Jan. 19, 1814, married Miss Lovering, lived 
on the home farm, was a farmer and had much done 
by coopers, whom he employed. He died Nov. 30, 

7. Oilman, b. July 17, 1816, died April 21, 1840. 

8. Abigail, b. Feb. 26, 1819, married Daniel Blaisdell, 
lived a mile east of the Center, is now at Fremont. 

9. Benjamin, b. July 16, 1821, married Mehitable Smith, 
lived at Fremont, but is now in trade at Haverhill* 

ID. Daniel Chase, b. Nov. 15, 1824, married Sarah Bean, 
of Kingston, and lives in that town. 

11. Moses D. b. May i, 1827, died March 21, 1855, at 
the home place. 

12. Frank G. b. Aug. 30, 1830, married Olive E. 

192 THB inSTOBT 

Dudley, daughter of Franklin Dudley, has lived in different 
places, for a time at Hampton Beach, now keeper of the 
hotel at the village. 


We have no record of any of this name before 1668. 
Thomas Currier of Amesbury, Mass., died Sept. 27, 17 12. 
In the line of one of his children, Benjamin, descended the 
progenitor of the family that came to Raymond. He was 
born March 27, 1668, probably in Amesbury. 

Benjamin had a son Gideon, bom Feb. 21, 17 12, who set- 
tled in Chester, and had six children. The oldest was Ben. 
jiimin, and his daughter Abigail married Rev. Joseph- Mer- 
rill, a native of this town, of whom an account is given in 
the chapter on Biography. Gideon's third child was Gide- 
on, born Aug. 13, 1754. ^^^ lived in Chester many years 
and came to Raymond (Branch District) in 179s. He was 
an industrious farmer, and bought lands as means afforded 
till his possessions were great. The family now living as- 
sure us that he married a Miss Basford, but she soon died. 
He. then married Anna Richardson, who died March 19, 
1827. He died Oct. i, 1835. '^^^^ following were their chil- 
dren : 

1. Nancy, b. Jan. 10, 1785, married Jonathan Cram, lived 
in the village, moved to Lowell, then to some other place, 
and died May i, 1854. 

2. Molly, b. Aug. 12, '1789, married John Wallace, in 
the Branch District, died . 

3. Jonathan, who died young. 

4. Daniel, who died young. 

5. Asa, b. May 12, 1794, married Lydia Richardson, 
lived on the home farm, afterwards moved to the village 
where he died March 11, 1874. Children : 

Their first child, b. Aug. 16, 1822, lived less than two 
years. Sarah A., b. April 23, 1824, married D. A. Rich- 
ardson. Gideon, b. April 22, 1826, married Louisa Smith, 


and lives in the village. Moses R., b. April 25, 1828, married 
Sallie Tilton, and lives in Manchester. Laura A., b. Nov. 
10, 1830, married Capt. S. D. Tilton, and lives in town. 
Carriet b. March 24, 1833, was a school teacher^ married 
Dr. V. Y. Frye, and lives at Oyster Bay, Long Island, N. Y, 

6. Gideon, died when a young man. 

7. Lydia, b. Oct, 2, 1799, married David Lane of Ches- 
ter, died Aug. 29, 1838. 


The first of the name in this country was John Cram, 
who came from England, and in 1639 was among the early 
settlers at Exeter. A combination being formed for the 
government of the settlers, his name appeared, spelt Crame. 
In 1648 and '49, he was elected Townsman, or what was 
afterwards called Selectman. When he came to Exeter, he 
signed his name by making his mark, but afterwards learn- 
ed to write. 

He left Exeter about 1650, and went to Hampton, that 
part now called Hampton Falls. He and his wife Esther be- 
came members of the church in Hampton. He was a judi- 
cious, honest man. His death was recorded on the town 
book of Hampton thus: "Died 5 of March, 1681, good 
old John Cram, one just in his generation." His wife died 
in 1677. His children were Benjamin, Mary, Joseph, Lyd- 
ia and Thomas. We have no account of the children ex- 
cept Joseph, who was drowned in Exeter, June 24, 16489 
and Benjamin, who kept up the line of succession. His rec- 
ord is as follows : 


Benjamin Cram married Argentine Cromwell, said to be 
a relative of Oliver Cromwell, the Protector of England. 
The marriage took place Nov. 29, 1662. Children : 

1. Sarah, b. Sept. 19, 1663. 

2. John, b. April 6, 1665. 

3. Benjamin, b. Dec. 30, 1666. 


4. Mary, b. Aug^ 6, 1669. 

5. Joseph, b. April 12, 1671. 

6. Hannah, b. Oct. 16, 1675. 

7. Esther. 

8. Jonathan, b. April 26, 1678. 

9. Elizabeth, b.Jan. 3, 1680. 

John Cram, son of Benjamin, by his wife Mary, had seven 
children, — ^Argentine, Abigail, Benjamin, Wadleigh, Jona- 
than, John and Mary. 

It is designed to give but little more than the line of suc- 
cession down to those who came to Raymond. Hence, 
branches that lived in other places are omitted. It should 
be said, however, that in one branch was Rev. Jacob Cram, 
b. Nov. 12, 1762, graduated at Dartmouth College in 1782, 
was for a time pastor of the Congregational church in Hop- 
kinton, and died in Exeter, Dec. 21, 1833. 

Jonathan Cram, son of John last named, lived in Hampton 
Falls. He was bom April 22, 1706, and died May 3, 1760. His 
wife was Elizabeth Heath. She died in 1773. Children : 

1. John. He came to Raymond and lived here awhile, 
then moved to Pittsfield. 

2. Nehemiah. 

3. Jonathan. 

4. Ebenezer, born Dec. 5, 1745, married Mary Philbrick, 
of Seabrook, who was born May 15, 1745. He settled in 
Raymond and lived at the place just north of the school- 
house in district No. 3. He was a deacon of the Congre- 
gational church, and died Feb. 7, 1819. 

5. Benjamin, came to Raymond, married Mary Bean, and 
lived where Josiah B. Cram now docs. 

6. Joel. 

7. Joseph. 

8. Molly. 

Deacon Ebenezer and Mary Cram had children, probably, 
as follows, but we do not vouch for the accuracy, as to dates, 
in every case. 


*i. A child, b. May 22, 1768, died same day. 

2. Mehitable, b. May 2, 1769, married John Dearborn, 
and was the mother of the late Deacon John Dearborn. 
She died March 25, 1805. 

3. Jonathan, b. March 15, 1772, died Nov. 23, 1780. 

4. Elizabeth, b. Oct. 24, 1775, married Chase Osgood, 
lived on the Long Hill road, and died Aug. 7, 1848. 

5. Abner, b. April 7, 1778, lived in this town and in var- 
ious other places, and died in Deerfield, March 15, 1861. 

6. Ebenezer, b. Nov. 20, 1782, lived on the home farm 
back of the school-house in No 3, was a farmer, Colonel 
in the Militia, of much enterprise, and an interested mem- 
ber of the Congregational church. He died July 15, 1835. 

7. Jonathan, b. Oct. 10, 1784. He was a tanner and 
currier, lived at the Center just west of the blacksmith shop, 
moved to Lowell, Mass., and died Sept. 20, 1859. His wife 
'was Nancy Currier of this town. She died May 12, 1854, 

aged 69. 

Abner Cram, son of Deacon Ebenezer and Mary Cram. 
The following were his children : 

Mary P., married Oliver Titcomb of Amesbury, Mass. 
David Knowlton, supposed to be lost in the Mexican war. 
Hannah J., married, but we have no account of her. 

Col. Ebenezer Cram had children by both wives, none of 
whom are living except Philbrick, by his first wife. He was 
born June 10, 1808, and married Eliza Tasker of North- 
wood, lived on the homestead till 1845, when he sold it. 
He had great farming enterprise, was interested in the Con- 
gregational church, and the general good enterprises. It 
was felt a loss to have him leave town. He lived in Low- 
ell and Concord, and finally he and son settled in Barnard, 
Vt. The farm is on a large swell of land, called the ** De- 
lectable Mountains." 

Jonathan and Nancy Cram had the following children : 

Mary, b. July 21, 181 1, died Oct. 10, 181 2. 

Asa Brainerd, b. July 13, 1814, has been employed much 


in manufacturing establishments, resides in Chariestowii, 


Gideon Currier, b. Oct. ii, 1816. 

Stephen Bailey, b. Aug. 21, 1819. 

Pride of good ancestry is laudable, if the life and char- 
acter are worthy of it. In the account of the Cram genea- 
logy, in one of the early generations, mention has been made 
of a marriage into the Cromwell family. That blood is as 
good as royal, better than that of the royal of Cromwell's 
time, the princes of the vacillating, unfortunate house of 
Stuart. Oliver Cromwell was the leader in the overthrow of 
the king, Charles I. The throne was vacant eleven years 
and Cromwell was at the head of affairs, and was called 
Protector. He was a zealous Protestant, and we set it down 
as our judgment, that the world is as much indebted to him 
for Protestanism as to any man that ever lived, unless we 
except Martin Luther. 

Benjamin Cram, brother of Deacon Ebenezer Cram, mar- 
ried Mary, daughter of Lieutenant Benjamin Bean. Chil- 

1. Hannah H., b. Oct. 17, 1771, married Jonathan 

2. Nehemiah, b. Aug. 9, 1773, married Sarah Dearborn, 
and lived where Horatio D. Page did. He went from town, 
and died. 

3. Mary, b. July 13, 1775, married Nathaniel Dearborn, 
and lived where Benjamin Dearborn now does. 

4. Elizabeth, b. July 25, 1777, married Dearborn San- 
born, and went from town. 

5. Benjamin, b. Oct 26, 1779, went from town, but sup- 
posed to have died long ago ; all knowledge of him was lost 

6. Nancy, b. Sept 28, 1781, married Joseph Bean, and 
went from town. 

7. Deborah, b. Aug. 26, 1783, died at the home place. 
May 16, 183 1. 

8. Sarah, b. July 8, 1785, died Jan. 21, 1787. 


* 9. Sarahy b. July lo, 1787, married Samuel Sanborn and 
went from town. 

10. Jonathan, b. May 20, 1789, married Abigail Brown, 
lived on the home farm where his son, Josiah B. Cram, 
lives, was a farmer and Captain of the Cavalry in the 17th 
Regiment. Large family. Benjamin, Josiah B., and 
Ruamy live in town ; Jonathan in Amesbury, and Mrs. Joshua 
Smith in Newton. Mr. C. died Jan. 8, 1873. 

11. Dolly, b. July 18, 1791, married Jesse Gile. 

12. Susanna, b. Nov., 1795, married Colonel Daniel Robie. 


The first of the name in America was Godfrey, who came 
to Exeter in 1639. He was one of the Selectmen there in 
1648. Soon after this date, he moved to Hampton, where 
he was one of the Selectmen three years. He could not 
write, but signed his name by making a mark. In the 
Hampton Records, he is named in connection with scats be- 
ing assigned him and his wife in the meeting house. He is 
called Goodman Dearborn, and his wife Goody. These 
terms were somewhat often applied to persons then. He 
died Feb. 4, 1686. 

The Dearborn genealogy is long and wide. It is not ad- 
visable to give much of it here, but just a sketch of two 
branches that came to this town. 

Jonathan Dearborn lived in Chester. His ancestors came 
from Hampton. His children were Richard, Mehitablei 
Peter, Benjamin and Thomas. This last had a son Thomas, 
who was killed by a cannon ball in the war of the Revolu- 
tion in 1778. His wife was Mary Morrison. They were 
the parents of Major Thomas Dearborn of this town. There 
were four children, all sons. They were born in Candia. 

1. David, who became a lawyer and went to Cazeno, New 

2. John, who went to Sanbomton. 

198 THB HI8T0BT 

3. Thomas, who came to this town, lived where Mr. Phin- 
eas Gilman does, kept tavern, was Town Clerk and Repre- 
sentative, and moved back to Candia, where he died. 

4* Samuel, who lived in Candia, on the hill north-cast of 
the village, but we think he did not die there. 

Major Thomas Dearborn married Polly Bagley. Their 
children were : 

1. David, b. Dec. 10, 1794, married Irene Turner, lived on 
the homestead, was a cooper, and, late in life, lived in the 
village, where he died. The family of children was large. 
Those living in town are Mrs. J. S. James, Mrs. Wm. Fer- 
ren, and a son and daughter at the home place. 

2. John, b. Jan. 8, 1797. 

3. Richard, b. Sept. 8, 1799, ^*^^ Nov. 29, 1852. 

4. Polly, b. March 27, 1801, died Nov. 13, 1855. 

5. Joseph, b. June 13, 1803, died April 26, 1806. 

6. Moses, b. July 22, 1805, died Oct. 16, 1834. 

7. Sally, b. June 22, 1807, married A. S. Holbrook, and 
lived in Lowell. 

8. Waity, b. March i, 1809, married Thomas Bean of 
this town, and moved to Candia. 

9. Jane, b. Oct. 10, 181 2, married Leonard Dearborn, 
and went from town. 

In the north-east part of this town, in the line of another 
branch of the same great family, was the late Deacon John 
Dearborn and the present Benjamin Dearborn* Members 
of this branch lived in Stratham. We begin back only at 
the year 1715, at which date, one Jonathjin Dearborn mar- 
ried Hannah Tuck. They might have lived in Stratham ; 
at any rate, their immediate descendants did. This Jona- 
than was a son of John. Children of Jonathan and Hannah 
Dearborn : 

1. John, b. April 2, 1718. 

2. Bethia, b. Nov. 2, 1719. 

3. Benjamin, b. Oct. 2, 1721, died young. 

4. Hannah, b. March 14, 1725. 


John, the oldest of these children, married Mary Chap- 
man. Their children were : 

1. Jonathan, b. 1742. He came to Raymond not far 
from the time of the incorporation in 1764. The house of 
Rufus R. Rundlett was built by him a few years later. He 
died March i, 1826. 

2. James, b. 1743, died 1809. 

This John's wife dying, he married Mary Cawley. Chil- 
dren : 

3. Hannah, b. 1763, married Abraham Crimball, and 
lived in North Hcimpton. A son, Benjamin Crimball, is 
still living there. 

4. John, b. 1765. 

Lieutenant Jonathan Dearborn, of Raymond, married 
Abigail Leavitt of Stratham. Children : 

1. John, b. Dec. 18, 1762. He married Mehitable Cram, 
and lived on the homestead. His children were the late Dea. 
John, Mary, Jonathan, Mehitable and Abner. 

2. Abigail, b. April 25, 1765, married Simon D. Page, 
grandfather of the present Simon Page. She died many 
years ago. 

3. Jonathan, b. June 4, 1768, married Sarah Page, and 
lived below Leonard Pease's, near the Epping line. Late 
in life he went to Gardner, Me., to live with his son Henry, 
where he died. 

4. Nathaniel, b. Jan.7, 1776, married Mary Cram, and lived 
where his son Benjamin lives. He died August, 1837. 
Several children ; those living are Nathaniel, Mrs. Foss and 

5. Sarah, b. July 7, 1778, married, first, Nehemiah H. 
Cram ; second, Josiah Brown ; third, John Moody. 

We think there was another child. 

James Dearborn, in the Lane District, wjis the son of Jo- 
siah, of Danville. Samuel Dearborn, on the Langford road, 
near the Candia line, was a son of John, of Danville, after- 
wards of Candia. They sprang from one branch of the 


first progenitor, Godfrey Dearborn. Nathaniel, three gen- 
erations below Godfrey, lived in Kingston. His son Henry 
lived in Danville, and Josiah, named above, was his son. 
John was another, and was the father of Samuel, who has- 
two sons: Elbridge, near Oak Hill, and H. Freeman, on 
the home place. 

Nathaniel Dearborn, of Kensington, had a son Edward, 
whose descendants live in Deerfield. One of them is Hon. 
J. J. Dearborn, who was a partner in trade in Blake's store, 
here. Another, Sewall Dearborn, was the grandfather of 
Capt S. D. Tilton, of this town. 


The Dudley mills were near where J. Tucker Dudley re- 
sides, in the west part. Several of the family, now to be 
named, were owners or concerned in them. On the west 
side of the stream was a grist mill. The wheel, a part of 
which can be seen, stood upright and was ten feet in diame- 
ter. Some of the work Moses Dudley, Esq., used to do in 
his later years, while largely engaged in reading, was to 
tend this mill. The saw-mill was on the cast side. Among 
those who used to work in this, were the sons of Judge 
Dudley, John and Natlumicl, and the late Franklin Dudley. 
In the picture, the bridge, just below, is seen, a man cross- 
ing it on horseback, a common way of riding in former 
times ; and below the bridge, two persons are seen in the 
river, washing sheep, while other sheep are near, to be 
washed in turn ; and although harmless and quiet, seem, as 
the poet Thompson says of such a case, to be inquiring what 
this operation means. 

The mills and bridge are gone. A new road has been 
made a few rods above. But the picture is a lively view of 
things as they were. 





This family has been identified with the history of this 
town from the earliest date to the present It has a noble 
history in our town, in the State, in some other States, and 
in England, before any of them came across the waters* 
We have seen what offices the town conferred here. One 
also was Judge. In Colonial times, two were Provincial 
Grovemors, and in the old country, it was an English his- 
torical name. There were Barons, Bishops and Knights of 
Dudleys, from 1376 to 1460. And, later, one wore a crown 
for a few days, as will presently be seen. 

John Sutton (Lord Dudley) died in 1487. He was a 
distinguished soldier in the reigns that preceded Richard 
in. Exlmund, a great-grandson, was an officer in the 
reign of Henry Vll. Henry VI II. sent this Edmund Dud- 
ley to the scaffold, Aug. 18, 15 10. His son John was duke 
of Northumberland in the reign of Edward VI. The duke's 
son, Lord Guilford Dudley, married Lady Jane Grey. She 
was a relative of the reigning family. Through the influ- 
ence of the duke (her father-in-law) , she ascended the 
vacant throne on the death of Edward VI., in 1553. But the 
nation declared for Mary, daughter of Henry VIII., and 
Lady Jane laid aside the crown. Queen Mary knew not 
how to be just or merciful, and Lord Guilford Dudley, 
Lady Jane, his wife, and the duke were beheaded. The ax 
used is still seen in the tower of London. Robert Dudley, 
a descendant of the duke, was one of the l*rivy Counsellors 
of Qiieen Elizabeth ; a great favorite, and some thought he 
would obtain her hand in marriage, but this able but artful 
Queen proi>osed that he marry the unfortunate Mary,Queen 
of Scotts, whom she afterwards sent to the scaffold. Mary 
declined to marry Robert. 

We could extend the account of the Dudleys, and the 
oflSces they held, and the part they had in stirring events in 
England, but our limits forbid. 


The ancestor of the Dudley family here, was Thomas 
Dudley, who came to Massachusetts in 1630, and was Gov- 
ernor of the Province. Joseph Dudley, son of Gov. Thom- 
as, was also Provincial Governor. Gov. Thomas Dudley 
was son of Capt. Roger Dudley, slain in a war in England. 
Gov. Joseph Dudley was popular in New Hampshire. His 
portrait is in the Council Chamber in Concord. His coun- 
tenance is good looking, rather intelligent, and the wig on 
his head is of very profuse hair, and large. 

Gov. Thomas Dudley, after coming to this country, lived 
in Roxbury, Mass. Five children, by his first wife, were 
born in Northampton, England ; three, by his second wife, 
in Roxbury, Mass. 

Rev. Samuel Dudley, oldest son of Gov. Thomas Dudley, 
was settled as pastor of the Congregational church in Exe- 
ter, N. H., in 1650, and died Feb. 10, 1683. By his first 
wife, he had five children, five by the second, and it seems 
eight by the third ; eighteen in all. It should be said that it 
is not certain that this Dudley family sprang from those 
celebrated in England, whom we hcive named. Still there 
is some probability. 

We are concerned only with Stephen, son of Rev. Sam- 
uel, by his last wife. He married twice and had 11 chil- 
dren. Of them we need name Stephen, who was a cord- 
waincr, and married Scirah Davidson, of Newbury, Mass. 
He purchased Raymond of an Indian Sagamore, as has been 
named in its proper place, page 15. He died in Exeter in 
1734, ^S^d 4^' ^^^s brother James was born at Exeter in 
1690, and was the father of Judge Dudley of Raymond 
John, a younger brother, was killed by the Indians, in 
what is now Fremont, in 1710, at the age of 18. This 
was the same year that Col. Winthrop Hiltoil, of New- 
market, was killed, with others, near the **mast way" in Ep- 

James Dudley, son of the first named Stephen, was born 
in Exeter, June 11, 1690, and married Mercy Folsom. He 

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was a cooper and a Lieutenant in the Militia. The children 
were bom in Exeter, as follows : 

1. James, b. 17159 who married a Miss Bean, had six 
children, and died in Brentwood in 1761. 

2. Abigail, b. Oct. 31, 1716. 

3. Samuel, b. 1720, lived first at Exeter, next in Ray- 
mond and finally in Maine. 

4. John, b. April 9, 1725. He came to Raymond, and 
was the Judge of whom a full account has been given in 
other parts of this book*. 

5. Joseph, b. 1728, married Susanna Lord, came to Ray- 
mond, and lived at the mills, now owned by David Griffin. 
He died in 1792. 

6. Joanna married a Mr. Ladd, and lived in Deerfield. 
7* Sarah, lived in Gilmanton. 

8. Mercy. 

It has been pretty well known in the Dudley family here, 
that some of its members were once of Quaker sentiments, 
that is, of the sociAy properly called Friends. This was 
the case with Joseph, who lived where Thomas M. Healey 
now does, and Thomas his brother, who lived where John 
Scribner lives. But these were 'by no means confirmed in 
those views. Joseph, their father, had some peculiar ideas, 
which will be named presently. 

Samuel, son of James mentioned above, and brother of the 
Judge, once professed himself a Quaker. We have the fol- 
lowing record from the Friends' Society book : ** Jan. 15, 
1 75 1, in Monthly Meeting at Hampton, now the part called 
Seabrook, agreed that the Friends in Brentwood be author- 
ized to establish a meeting." James Bean, Benjamin Scrib- 
ner and Samuel Dudley are named as being there. **Oct. 
18, 1 75 1, Samuel Dudley, dismissed." This was excluded. 
Some time after, he requested to be re-admitted, but was re- 
fused. We rejoice to say, he was not disowned for any im- 
morality. He was very zealous for what he considered the 
true faith, and was a speaker in the Friends' meetings. But 

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he went beyond others of the Society in views of simplicity 
in food, dress, &c. He urged that dress should be of but 
one color, a mixture of black and white, that made a sort of 
gray, afterwards called **rye meal" color.. 

This Samuel Dudley, while in this town and afterwards 
in Maine, was not, we think, inclined to the doctrines of the 

So very extensive is the genealogy of the Dudleys, that it 
is necessary to omit all save those who lived here for a 
time. Samuel, son of James, whose children have just been 
named, was an older brother of the Judge. He married 
first, Miss Ladd, and lived in Raymond after coming from 
Exeter, and here Daniel, his oldest child, was born, and 
probably others. He married a second and third time, lived 
in Maine, and had lo children. He died in Maine, Aug. 

30, 1797- 

The following are the children of Judge John and Eliza- 
Beth Dudley : 

1. Betsy, b. May 14, 1750, died July 8, 1751. 

2. John, b. Dec. 29, 1751, died Aug. 16, 1752. 

3. John, b. Jan. 15, 1754. He came here, with the fam- 
ily, when he was twelve years of age. He married Susan- 
na Smith, but we do not know where. He lived in diiferent 
towns in Maine, had at least five children, and died Dec. 
1828, in Mount Vernon. 

4. Elizabeth, b. May 18, 1766, married Thomas Bean, 
and lived in the old Bean house, south of Freetown mills. 
The children have been mentioned in the genealogy of the 
Bean family. 

5« Susanna, b. July 3, 1759, niarried Col. Theophilus 
Lovcring, lived on the road that leads to Fremont The 
names of the children will be found in the genealogy of 
the Lovering family. 

6. James, b. Oct. 4, 1761, married Polly Stevens, lived 
in the Branch district, and died June 21, 1844. 

7. Nathaniel, b. Nov. 25, 1763, married, first, Anna 


f^ifh, iiwert in mwrij then in ICaine. Xorriedt ■yrnnit, Wstr- 
tiet I^sllin^, ami ctied in Freeman. Me., in i<if4» Qe lind 
fhnrTetin cJtiildrexu 

^ Miv«», b. Jan- 29, rydfi, waa bniii|rht to town the vear 
(tfluHhirthj and IvscameanealitEmaatciii^nfrtu^iiieil dtizen& 
9Rfi wife: w^» yfancv C^iddexu It is jeen in chia boak whaH 
fiftlt^e^^ he heldj anrl a fuller occnunt of liim ia given, in. tlie^ 
Chapter (ya Bmgraphy. 
l^mea Dfuiley, jnn of die Judge, hsid iheae cfailcfren: 
t, y(^ty, b. Aiifj. 7, 1791, married Abijuii Lovering, and 
lived in Chester. She died in 1835. 

i^ Eliseabeth, b. Oct. 20, 1795, died in Fremont: 
i- J;tmea, b. Karch 8, 1799, <^^ ^^^^- •j^ ^^J7- 

4. Jrvhn, b. Jiily ic^ rSoo, married Mary Elobie of Can- 
dia, lived near Raymond Center^ next in Portamonth^ now~ 
in r^nn, Mass. 

5. McitieHr b. May 19, 1803, settled a! Rocfca Village in. 
Fremr^nt, nnw in Sandown. 

6. ftniianna, b. Feb, ri, 1806^ living in Fremont. 

Jr^hn r>ndley, .v>n of the Judge^ settled in Maine, had five 
r,hildr<»n, and dieri in Mount Vernoti in iSiS. 

N'';^rhani4*l Dudky, v>n of the Juclge^ lived here tor a time, 
and hfrfft .v>me ot' hi,^ children were born. He wa:j one ot 
fh<!t Sol<:ctmen, nnd held other otfices ot' tnut. He moved 
fo Wainf!, wa,<^ a Ju.^rice of the Peace, Representative to the 
(0t.r\(:r^\ C>>urt, and had a taste fior reading. He was a good 
biiAin^Af* man. He had 14 children, whose names must be 
f>m\ttt.Af aave K<lmund who was bom in Raymond, and be-- 
camr, a .^chr><>l teacher, probably after leaving town. He 
whA thfi father of Dean Dudley, a lawyer in Boston, author 
of a work entirled, ** Dudley Genealogies." 

Mo.«;e.<i f>iidley, <ion of the Judge, had the following chil- 
dren ; 

I. lU'tur.y^ h. Sept. 12,1788, married Rev. Peter Phil- 
l)fi( k of f)eerfield. f)f their children is John D. Philbrick, 
j/radnate of Dartmouth College in 1842. He taught some. 

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and from Dec, 1856 to 1874 ^^^ ^^^ efficient Superintendent 
of Public Instruction in Boston. Mrs. Philbrick died in 
Deerfield. There were three children besides John D. 
Peter H. died in this town Feb. 20, 1835, aged 15. Eliza- 
beth lives on the home place in Deerfield. One died 

2. John, b. Oct; 3, 1789, settled in Maine, was a man of 
influence, many years Representative in the Legislature, 
and otherwise useful. A daughter of his, Sarah A., is the 
wife of B. Franklin Dudley of Boston. He died in Waite, 
Me., Jan. 25, 1873. 

3. Oilman, b. Dec. 28, 1790, married Mary Bean of Can- 
dia, settled where Mr. Anderson now lives, was honored 
with town offices, was two years Representative, and died 
Feb. 4, 1835. Children: Hannah B., who was teacher, 
Panthenia A., John O., Nancy O., Mary E., Emily B., 
Sarah O., a teacher. All have died but Mary E., living in 
the West, and Emily B., who resides in town \Yith her 

4. Moses, b. Sept. 10, 1792, settled in the West 

5. Jjimcs, b. Feb. 10, 1794. He went West, after some 
time returned, lived in Manchester, Worcester, Mass., and 
died in Maiden. 

6. Oilford, b. Dec. 7, 1795, settled in Illinois. 

7. Sally, b. Oct. 17, 1797, married Barnard Tucker, set- 
tled in town. Children : Philena, married Mr. Sumner of 
Delham, Mass. Moses D., is in business in Boston ; James 
Tucker lives ill town, John D. died in Beaufort, S. C, in 
1867 ; Anna L. married Mr. Young, and lives in Boston ; 
Sarah married H. G. McClure of this town ; Jane E. mar- 
ried Mr. Grout and lives in town ; Isaac lives in Boston ; 
Helen married Mr. Eaton of Boston. 

8. Franklin, b. Nov. 7, 1799, wiarried Olive Bean of Can- 
dia, settled opposite his father's, was a farmer, and a great 
reader, particularly in his last years. He died April i, 
1870. They had seven children, four have died. Moses 



G., the second son, died in Kansas; Benjamin Franklin is 
in business in Boston ; Olive E. is the wife of Frank G. 
Bean, and lives in this town ; Anna G. married E^win A. 
Davis, and lives in Indianapolis, Indiana. 

9, Nancy, b. July 9, 1805, married Gen, Henry Tucker. 
Children : Josephine L., Gilman H., who graduated at Dart- 
mouth College, and an account of whom is given in the list of 
college graduates, and Abbie A. D. They are all living 
in Boston, or vicinity, and are married. Abbie is the wife 
of David H. Brown, formerly of this town and a graduate 
of Dartmouth College. 

ID. Elbridge G., b. Aug. 13, 181 1, graduated at Dart- 
mouth College, became a lawyer in Boston, and died in 
South Carolina. A fuller account is given in the list of 
college graduates ; a portrait and a sketch of his life will 
be given on another page. 

It is being arranged, at the time of this writing, that the 
portraits.of Mr. Barnard Tucker and his wife, Mrs. Sally 
(Dudley) Tucker, be inserted in this work, and a somewhat 
fuller account of them than that just given may be appro- 

Barnard Tucker was the son of Isaac and Sarah Tucker, 
and a brother of Gen. Henry Tucker, a sketch of whom, 
with a portrait, is given in the Chapter on Biography. He 
was born in 1802, on the place described as the birthplace 
of Gen. Tucker, and noted for its beautiful and romantic 

When he was sixteen years of age, his father died. Most, 
if not all the children, were under age. The family was left 
without a director and head. Barnard, with the other sons, 
had been brought up to work, mostly on the farm. This 
had a great influence in saving them from an aimless, dis- 
solute and reckless course of life. The seeds of diligence 
in business, industry and economy, had been planted in 
them, and in after life, the good fruit appeared. 

Barnard settled on the home farm. It has now been 


in the Tucker name nearly one hundred years, and the de- 
scendants may continue there much longer. 

Mr. Tucker was a farmer, attentive to his business, we 
should judge not in haste in wdrk, but carefully and quietly 
doing things to the best possible advantage ; fair and honest 
in business transactions with others, never hard, or exact- 
ing, or overbearing to the poor, some of whom he employ- 
ed as laborers. He was a home man, spending little or no 
time riding abroad. Home and the farm were the most de- 
lightful of all places to him. He, with his wife, brought up 
a large family of children, and trained them to habits of in- 
dustry. He died Aug. 9, 1868. 

Mr. Tucker's wife, Sally (Dudley) Tucker, daughter of 
Moses Dudley, Esq., and Nancy (Glidden) Dudley, was 
born at the time indicated in the genealogy of Esq. Dudley's 
children. On marrying Mr. Tucker, it was her privilege to 
settle some fifly rods from the old Dudley homestead, the 
next house east. She still lives, and of the special excellen- 
ces of the living, it is not appropriate to speak in published 
accounts. Although not intimately acquainted, yet for 
some cause that we know not, this lady for years has been 
one of our few fast and abiding friends. A true friend is 
worth more than vast revenues of wealth. 

Mrs. Tucker, it has seemed to us, inherited some of the 
traits of her worthy father. We had no acquaintance with 
her mother, but have evidence that she was a good wife and 
mother. We once heard Esq. Moses Dudley say, he hoped 
his children would be fond of reading. Some of them, at 
least have been. Mrs. Tucker has a good memory, and 
what she has read, or learned, is retained for use and enjoy- 
ment. She has a good constitution, is capable of great en- 
durance, and the evening time of life is passing agreeably, 
Mrs. Grout, a daughter, with her husband, residing with 
her, at the family home. 

We now return to another brother of Judge John Dudley, 
through whom the line of succession of the Dudleys 


in this town was continaed. This was Joseph Dudley. 
Joseph was the next younger brother of the Judge, was 
bom in Exeter in 1728, married Susanna Lord, prob- 
ably of Exeter, came to Raymond, and settled near where 
Griffin's mill now is. The remains of the cellar are still 
seen. He died in 1792, and was buried a little to the east, 
with others, in the pasture now owned by Oliver Tilton. 
The record of this Joseph Dudley is, that he was a man of 
great generosity, but strangely enthusiastic on the subject of 
religion. He knew of the Quaker sentiments of his brother 
Samuel, already named, and had thought of embracing 
them. His mind was much exercised, somewhat confused, 
and he did not settle on any religious opinions. His morals 
were good, and he was the friend of good order. Among 
his visionary notions was that of miracles being performed 
by the good, some as in primitive times. He was a good 
husband and father, and much good influence was exerted 
over his children, several of whom became respectable and 
useful, as will be seen by the following : 

1. Joseph, b. Feb. 15, 1750, married, first, Deborah Bean, 
second, Sarah Smith. A fuller account of him is given in 
the Chapter on Biography. 

2. Benjamin, b. 1753, died in Maine in 1795. 

3. Thomas, b. Nov. 18, 1766, lived in this town, and died 
in Chester with his daughter, Mrs. Locke, now of this town, 
March 28, 1839. 

4. Daniel, b. 1768. 

5. Elizabeth. 

6. Joanna, married Reuben Bean of Candia, a sincerely 
devoted Christian. Rev. Moses Bean, of Candia, was their 

.7. Mary, married Nathaniel Wells, and lived in Gilman- 

8. Hannah, who was the wife of Nathan Robie. They 
lived where a cellar is seen, between Aaron W. Brown's 
and Elisha T. Giles's, afterward where their son, Thomas 


Robie, now lives. Their sons, David and Thomas, became 

9. Susanna, married Jonathan Gilman, and went from 

Joseph Dudley, son of the above, and Deborah, his wife, 
had the following children : 

1. Benjamin, b. Oct. 26, 1776, married, first, Elizabeth 
Smith, second, Sarah Tucker ; lived in Mount Vernon, Me.^ 
was a blacksmith, and had a large family of children. One 
son, Thomas J., was a preacher. Benj. Dudley died May 
29, 1864. 

2. Hannah, b. Sept. 17, 1778, married Dea. Jeremiah 
Fullonton. She was our mother. We wish no words in 
describing her excellences, but that which we can repeat 
only in tones of affection, mother. She died May 26, 1835. 

3. Susanna, b. July 17, 1780. ) rp . 

4. Deborah, b. July 17, 1780. J ^^^"^' 

Susanna married Samuel Tilton of this town, and died 
March 25, 1806. 

Deborah married Josiah Hook, lived in the Dudley dis. 
trict, and died Oct. 20, 1815. 

Children by his second wife, Sarah Smith : 

5. Mary, b. July 27, 1783, unmarried, and passed her last 
years in Candia, and died Jan. 10, 1869. 

6. Eunice, b. Sept. 20, 1787, unmarried, died in town, 
July I, 1842. 

7. Joseph, b. Feb. 7, 1790, married Sally Dudley, set- 
tled on the home place, was in town office much. Representa- 
tive in the Legislature, spent his last years in Candia. His 
son Alvin D. Dudley is a shoe-manufacturer, was Repre- 
sentative of Candia, and is now in business in Haverhill, 
Mass. Joseph Francis, another son, is mentioned in the 
list of college graduates. He is a preacher in Eau Claire, 
Wis. Joseph Dudley died Aug. 31, 1868. 

8. Samuel, b. May 5,1796, married, first, Judith Pillsbury, 
second, Sally Marston. He lived in Candia Village, was a 


shoe-manufacturer, trader. Representative of the town, dea- 
con of the Free Baptist church, and a very worthy Chris- 
tian. Sarah, a daughter, married Rev. J. D. Emerson, and 
died in Hayerhill, N. H. Joseph, a son, is in business in Buf- 
falo, N. Y. Woodbury J., another son, is in business in 
Candia Village. Samuel Dudley died April 17, 1863. 

9. Stephen, b. July 27, 1798, married Hannah Turner, 
lived in Candia, Exeter, Bangor, Me., and finally in Buffalo, 
N. Y. where his sons, Joseph and another, followed him in 
business. He died Aug. 11, 1856. 

Thomas Dudley, brother of Joseph, married Mary Moody. 
He lived where John Scribner now does. Children : 

1. Sally, b. March 6, 1795, married Joseph Dudley, lived 
first in town, next at Candia Village, and finally with her 
son, Alvin D., in Haverhill, Msiss. 

2. Mary, b. May 23, 1797, married Joseph Jenness, lived 
in Epping, in other places, and last with Mrs. Locke, a sis- 
ter, in this town, where she died May 26, 1864. 

3. Assenath, b. March 19, 1799, married Andrew John- 
son, of Lynn, Mass. Her last years, while a widow, were 
passed with Mrs. Locke, in this town, where she died Dec. 

7> 1873- 

4. John, b. Nov. 6, 1800. He never married, lived in 

various places, the latest of which were in Chester and Can- 
dia, in the last of which he died. His trade was that of a 

5. Thomas J., b. Jan. 13, 1803. He attended Gilman- 
ton Academy, taught school successfully for many years, 
studied the Medical Profession with Doctor Gale of this 
town, but died, before commencing practice, Jan. 19, 1835. 

6. Susanna, b. March 3, 1805, became a school teacher, 
married John Locke, Esq., of Chester, lived there, then at 
the village in this town, where she still lives. 

7. Esther, b. March 22, 1807, died Oct. 13, 1838. 

8. Francis t>ana, b. Feb. 4, i8o9. He was, after arriv- 
ing at age, a young man of an active spirit, and he was led 



to go west OS far as Ohio. He got into business, married a 
Miss Palmer of Cincinnati, and died, rather suddenly, while 
going down the Mississippi river, in Oct., 1829. 

9. David Moody, b. Dec. 25, 181 1. He lives in Iowa, 
having gone there before it became a State. His wife was 
Sarah Proctor. 

It has been seen how the name Joseph prevailed in the 
Blake family, extending through several generations. It was 
much so in the Dudley family. Joseph, who lived near 
where Griffin's mill now is, had a son Joseph, who lived 
where Thomas M. Healey does. He had a son Joseph, and 
of the others of that family, Benjamin, Mrs. Tilton, Mrs. 
Fullonton, Samuel of Candia, Stephen of Buffalo, Joseph 
himself of Raymond, all had sons of the name ; and Benja- 
min, of Maine, had a son James, who had a son Joseph ; and 
Hannah Dudley, daughter of Joseph,, at the Griffin mill 
place,' who married Nathan Robie, had a son named Jo- 

It may be interesting to put down here the names of the 
Dudleys and the time they filled the office of Representa- 

Honorable John Dudley, 


8 years. 

Moses Dudley, Esq., 


6 " 

Joseph Dudley, 


2 ** 

Oilman Dudley, 


2 ** 

J. Tucker Dudley, 


2 ** 

Samuel Dudley, 


2 ** 

Alvin D. Dudley, 


2 ** 

John Dudley, 


8 ** 

Nathaniel Dudley, 

Maine, estimated 

5 ** 

37 years. 

Not only in this genealogy, but in different parts of this 

history, prominence has been given to the Dudley family. 

It is a rule, that a historian should not sit in judgment on the 

facts he narrates. History is a record of the wonderful. It 


may be good» it may be bad. It must be put down, and the 
events left to speak for themselves. A historian must be 
impartial. Invidious comparisons are not often allowable. 
Severe reprobation of bad characters may be necessary, as 
a warning to others to avoid vaunting ambition, lawless vio- 
lence, pollution, vice and crime. Eulogism should be mod- 
erate and with discrimination. Praise to the living savors 
of flattery, always disgusting to noble minds. The best 
and the wisest are but men, and liable to imperfections. The 
sun in the heavens is glorious, but dark spots can be detect- 
ed on its surface. Sometimes cold in summer is accounted 
for in consequence of these spots. So* of men. They may 
shine with transcendent brightness, but their glory may be, 
often is, somewhat eclipsed by some dark spots on their 

These things have been kept in view in what we have 
written. The past Dudleys have had imperfections,' doubt- 
less, like others. They have been aware of some of them. 
But we confess to deep feeling and indescribable interest, in 
the account we have given of them. This has been from 
two considerations. First, we are of the family, our mother 
was a Dudley, as has been seen by the genealogy. If we 
have done anything useful in life, we attribute it much, un- 
der Providence, to her good training and influence, with 
that of our parent on the other side. Home and mother I 
What words ! This history is about home to multitudes who 
will read ii ; about mothers and other good friends. We 
call to mind the touching poetry of our countryman, G. P. 
Morris, when speaking of mother : 

" Uer angel face. I see it yet. 
What throbbing memories come ; 

Again our little group seems met 
Within the cot at home." 

The second consideration of our interest is, the long and 
useful history of this family in town. Let us go back now 


to J.imes Dudley, father of Judge John Dudley, and the im- 
mediate progenitor of the family here. He was of the 
fourth generation of Gov. Joseph Dudley of Massachusetts. 
It was said of Abraham, the Patriarch of the Jews, ^* kings 
are in thy loins." In the loins of James Dudley, as great as 
kings. They were those who should grace and honor the 
bench, the bar, the forum, the legislature, the pulpit and 
the medical profession. 

The future historian of Raymond, who may write a hun- 
dred years hence, is not yet born. If he shall not be of the 
Dudley race, as now, the view of the family may be modi- 
fied somewhat, especially, if unhappily, before then, its fair 
fame shall be tarnished by improprieties and misconduct. 

Goldsmith, in the history of England, condemns some of 
the kings of the House of Tudor, particularly Henry VIII. 
Froude is not so hard. Hume is moderate in regard to the 
failures of the kings of the House of Stuart, one of which, 
Charles I., lost his head on the scaffold; and another, James 
II., lost his crown and throne and was obliged to take refuge 
in France, under the shadow of the monarch of that nation. 
Macaulay is severe, in a great measure, on those princes. In 
these and similar cases, the truth probably lies between the 
extremes. Possibly thus in what may come in this matter. 

The Dudleys and others, in whom the blood of the family 
flows, as the Tuckers, Philbricks, Beans, Loverings, FuUon- 
tons and others, should be careful to maintain the fame of 
their ancestral line, in fact to make it more illustrious. 
And this remark applies to very many others, in the place, 
and who have lived here. There is a bright future before 
us, if we do our duty, and help make it so. Some think 
the human race is running down. The evidence is, that it 
is running up. 


In the genealogical part of this history, more is said in 
explanatory remarks, and characteristics, found in some 


generations of families, than is common in similar works. 
The justification is in this, — important objects are to be ac- 
complished. Citizens and others, who have lived here, are 
to have a history of the past, and get a knowledge of fami- 
lies that will make them feel a loving acquaintance with 
each other, and thus a bond of happy union be felt. 

The Emersons live in almost the extreme south-west. In 
that neighborhood, church privileges are mostly at the Bur- 
rough, in Chester. The Emersons, so far away, do not 
seem to be much known by the great body of our people. 
We have the pleasure now to introduce them. The families 
are two, — John V. in "Shatica,** and Samuel, with his sister, 
Mrs. Martha Thomas, near Candia line. 

Already, and in families yet to be noted, much is made of 
excellent talents, civil services, and patriotic deeds, perform- 
ed by some members, in the past. Having little to tell of in 
pur own family, we speak freely of others. In doing this, 
those favored with noble blood, should remember the senti- 
ment of Pope in his " Essay on Man,'* to the effect that 
none can be ennobled by the blood of the good or great, but 
by their own good deeds. 

The Emersons here had an ancestor, in the female line, of 
heroic fame. This was Hannah Dustin, whose name be- 
fore marriage was Hannah Emerson. Her husband was 
Thomas Dustin. Their home was in Haverhill, Mass., two 
miles or more west of the compact part of the city. 

March 15, 1697, a party of Indians came, took her and 
her nurse and littie child but a few days old, and started off 
in the wilderness. The child being troublesome, an Indian 
dashed its head against a tree, and left it. On the night of 
April 30, while encamped on an Island, now Fisherville in 
Concord, Mrs. Dustin and her nurse, with hatchets, killed 
ten Indians while they were asleep ; two others, being alarm- 
ed, escaped. The heroines then made their way back to 

The first Emerson in America was John, of Ipswich, 


Mass., in 1648. Whether he was the progenitor, or relative, 
of those found in Haverhill, but eight years later, has not^ 
so far as we know, been ascertained. 

Michael Emerson settled in Haverhill in 1656. The set- 
tlements were but 16 years old. It is thouglit he was a 
shoe-maker, as there is an account some later, that he was 
chosen leather scaler. The record is, that he was chosen 
" to view and seal all leather." His wife was Hannah Web- 
ster. They were married April i, 1657. Their oldest 
child was Hannah, who married Mr Dustin, and she was 
the one captured by the Indians, as already narrated. 

A son of Michael was Jonathan. This Jonathan had a 
son Samuel, who settled in Chester. He was a surveyor of 
land. Town Clerk, and one of the Selectmen. 

Samuel Emerson had five children, of whom we have an 
account. The youngest was Nathaniel, who married Sarah / 
Tilton. He settled in Candia, before the town was incorpo- 
rated. He entered the army, was Lieutenant Colonel, and, as 
such, fought under Stark at Bennington. He died April 30, 
1824, 'aged 82. His residence was where Freeman Parker 
lately lived. Children : 

1. Jonathan,' died young. 

2. Anna, married Seth Knowles. 

3. Samuel, married Mary Varnum, lived in Raymond, 
where his son Samuel and Mrs. Thomas live. 

4. Sarah, lived in Vermont, married E. Robie. 

5. Nathaniel, married Polly Norton, lived in Maine, then 
in Candia. 

6. Richard, married Sally Clay, lived in Candia, was a 
Land Surveyor. 

7. Elizabeth, married Mr. Eaton. 

8. Hannah, married Mr. Jenness, lived in Piermont. 

9. Lydia, married Samuel Patten. He lived in the Pat- 
ten District, owned a farm in Raymond on the Green, now 
possessed by John Healey, Esq. Colonel Rufus E. Pat- 
ten is his son, and lives on the homestead in Candia. 


lo. Nabby, married John Lane, Esq., of Candia. He 
was a land surveyor, was much in office, and was Representa- 
tive nine years. He died in 185 1, his widow in 1867. A 
daughter is the wife of Ex-Governor Frederick Smyth of 

Colonel Nathaniel Emerson had a step-brother, his fa- 
ther's son by a second wife. This was Moses, who lived 
in Candia. Of his children, Moses, now aged, lives in the 
Patten district. Hon. Abraham, fifth child of the first 
Moses, lives on the home place of his father. Hon. Abra- 
ham is the father of Rev. John D. Emerson, now pastor in 
Biddeford, Me. 

Samuel Emerson of Raymond, son of Col. Nathaniel of 
Candia, was married to Mary Vamum, Nov. 19, i8oi. 
Children : 

1. Jesse, b* Oct. 20, 1802, lived in town, and died Feb. 
28, 1821. 

2. Betsy, b. July 26, 1804. 

3. Mary, b. March 20, 1806, married Mr. Fitts, and lived* 
in Candia. 

4. Martha, b. Oct. 14, 1807, married Mr. Thomas, lived 
in Boston, and in 1861, returned to this town, where he died 
in Nov. She resides on the homestead. 

5. John v., b. Dec. 26, 1809, married Sarah Iloyt, lives 
at '' Shatica," in town. 

6. Samuel, b. Aug. 18, 181 1, lives on the home- 

7. Sarah A., b. June 8, 1813, married Mr. Pearson, and 
lives in Chelsea, Mass. 

8. Harriet A., b. March 6, 1817, taught school, married 
Luther M. Wason, and lives in town. 

9. Hannah, b. Aug. 14, 1819, died in town Aug. 30, 

ID. Lydia P., b. Dec. 22, 1821, lives in Charlestown, 
Samuel Emerson, the father of this large family, lived to 


see the most of them become of age. He died March 13, 
1848, aged 76. 


The progenitor of the family in this country was John, 
said to have come from England, to that part of Exeter now 
Epping. His wife's name was Deliverance, as there is a 
record in Epping of children born to John and Deliverance 
Fullonton. The names of but three are put down, and the 
dates are uncertain. The children of whom we have an ac- 
count are the following : 

1. John, b. 1730, lived just below the late Amos Stick- 
ney's place, in Epping, came to Raymond soon after 1760, 
lived where Lieutenant J. E. Cram does, and died June 14, 

2. David, lived on the home place, in Epping, went into 
the army of the Revolution, and died. 

3. James, b. 1733, came to this town with his brotlier 
John, settled in the field now owned by Mr. Tufts, near J. 
E. Cram's, afterwards moved to Sanbornton. 

4. William, settled in Wolf borough. Descendants were 
living there but a few years since, spelling their names 

Betty, married Benj.- Fox, and lived in town. Of their 
ciiildrcn were the late David Fox ; Sinclair, who went to 
Ohio ; and the wives of Samuel and John Bachelder, who 
lived in the north-west part of the town. 

John Fullonton, son of John above, married Delia Locke. 

Mary, married Eliphalet Folsom, and lived in town. 

Ezekiel, married Jane McClure, lived on the Blake place, 
north of the Baptist church, but afterwards settled in Cam- 
bridge, Vermont. 

Jonathan, killed in the Revolutionary war, near Albany, 
New York. 


Joseph, died while moving to Vermont. 

Francis went West, or to Canada, and not heard of. 

Four died young. 

Second wife, Molly Cram, a relative of Deacon Ebenezer 
Cram. Children : 

Anna, b. Nov. 6, 1767, married Ebenezer Osgood, lived 
in Loudon, where she died in 1847. 

Ephraim, b. Jan. 10, 1770, settled in Cambridge, Vt., 
and died Jan. 12, 1843. 

ThirdVife, Rachel French, a native of Ilampton. Chil- 

Ebenezer, b. April 21, 1773, lived here, in Fremont, Ep- 
ping, Greenland, and died in Amesbury, Mass., Feb., 1842. 

Jeremiah, b. Dec. 27, 1775, followed Jiis father on the 
homestead, an industrious farmer, and a deacon in the Free 
Baptist church. He was very corpulent, weighing at one 
time about 300; died July 12, 1848. 

Rachel, b. Aug. 23, 1778, married David Page, lived in 
town, and died Oct. 8, 1834. 

Ezekiel Fullington, son of John, married Jane McClure. 
Some of John Fullonton's sons adopted the spelling Fulling- 
ton, which we preserve. Children, — Delia, Betsy, John, 
Jonathan, Alexander and Ezekiel. 

The issue of Mary, daughter of John Fullonton, is given 
in the genealogy of the Folsom family ; Anna, also a daugh- 
ter, in that of the Osgood family ; and Rachel in that of 
the Page family. 

Ephraim Fullington, son of John, married Hannah Pat- 
• ten of Candia. They settled in Cambridge, Vt. Children : 

Moses P., b. Oct 15, 1796. Polly, b. Jan. 14, 1798. 
Rachel, b. July 27, 1800, died in Boston, Dec. 14, 1821. 
Hannah P., b. Aug. 19, 1802, married Mr. Carpenter, died 
in Milton, Vt., Nov., 1867. Nancy, b. April 7, 1804, "tar- 
ried Henry Brush 

Second wife, Sarah Foster, of Candia. Children : 

John T., b. April 28, 1808, now living in Cambridge. 


Ruth M., b. Aug. lo, 1809, married A. J, Terrill. Sarah J,, 
b. May 24, 181 1, died March 9, 1847. Clarissa O., b. 
Jan. 8, 1813, died Oct. 20, '1814. Clarissa O., 2d, b. Sept. 
20, 1814, married Amos Plobart, lives at Essex Junction, 
Vt. Bradbury, b. March 24, 1816. Bradley E., b. Feb. 
19, 1819. 

Ephraim Fulliuglon died Jan. 12,1843. Sarah, his sec- 
ond wife, died March 7, 1847. 

Ebenezer Fullington, son of John, married Lydia Puring- 
ton of Epping. He lived at first on the place where Leon- 
ard Pease does. Children : 

1. Lydia, died young. 

2. Lydia, married W. Claridge. 

3. Ebenezer, died young. 

4. Ebenezer, b. March 18, 1800, served at the chaise mak- 
ing business, married Mary J. Chase, of East Haverhill, 
Mass., settled at West Amesbury, kept store, was Post- 
master, and for several years has been engaged in the sale 
of carriages. 

5. Samuel, was a^brick-maker, and died in Newburyport. 

6. Hiram, died in Newmarket. 

7. Polly, married Henry Bragg, and died in Newmarket. 

8. Jacob S., b. April 24, 1812, married Electa Chase, and 
settled at West Amesbury ; a chaise maker. 

Deacon Jeremiah Fullonton, son of John, married Han- 
nah Dudley in 1804. Children : 

1. Susanna, b. Feb. 4, 1806, died May 10, 1831. 

2. Joseph, b. Jan 31, 1808, married Abigail D. Robinson 
of North Hampton. Their children are Susan M., the wife 
of C. W. Lane, and Sarah A., wife of C. M. Roberts. 

3. Jeremiah, b. Feb. 3, 1810, married Hannah P. Folsom, 
settled on the homestead, was clerk and deacon of the Free 
Baptist church. Justice of the Peace, and a very useful citi- 
zen. He died March 19, 1864. Children: George S., 
died in the army. Emma J. married Lieutenant J. E. 
Cram. E. Francis lives away. John D. 


4* John, b. Aug. 3, 1812, graduated at Dartmouth 'Col- 
lege. An account of him is given in the list of college 
graduates. Children : John E. and Ida. 

5. Hannah, b. Dec. 2i, 1814, married Lieonard Pease. 
Children : Rose A. and Susan E. Rose married C. H. 
Edgerly, and died July 21, 1874. Susan died previously. 

6. Ezekiel, b. Jan. 13, 1818, married Adaline Bunker of 
Epping, and is in the furniture business in Charlestown. 
Children: Roselle A., married S. Augustus Severance, 
and died. Eugene is married, and in trade with his father. 

7. Mary D., b. March 30, 1820, married George Kimball 
of Danville. Children: John S., Anson B., Albert and 
Eugene F. 

8. Caroline, b. July 4, 1822, married Abel Kimball* of 

Captain John Fullonton, the first of the name in this town, 
was brought up in what was mostly a wilderness, in Ep- 
ping, when it was a part of Exeter. Probably there were 
no schools, yet he learned to read and write. His penman- 
ship, a sample of which is now before us, was of the first 
order for that age, indeed, is not excelled by many in this 
time. It has neatness and mechanical finish. His son, 
Jeremiah, wrote a plain hand, that all could read. We have 
both names written together, in signing a document, but the 
father excelled. 

His first purchase in the direction of the homestead, ob- 
tained a little later and now in possession of John E. Cram, 
was one forty-eighth part of a saw-mill, called Perkins' mill. 
It stood a mile east of John E. Cram's, on the small stream 
west 01 Lowell Clifford's, in Epping. The deed was given 
by James Norris, 3d, of Epping, and is dated July 3d, I757« 
It is called ** Pertuckway Loer Mill." The price of the 
forty-eighth part was twenty-five pounds, Old Tenor. It 
might have been one pound, five shillings, lawful money, 
although likely less. Probably not over six dollars in our 
currency. The deed specifies a right of way to the mill 



for Logging Logs.** And there the first boards were cut 
out, used not loilg after in the neighborhood above, where 
he took up his residence. 

James Fullonton, a brother of Captain John, came with 
him to town, as we have stated. It appears that he sold out 
to move to Sanbornton in 1770, but the deed was not ac- 
knowledged by his wife till 1778. Her name probably was 
Martha. We have the deed, with her signature. It is 
** Marthew," as she signed it. 


This family is one of great antiquity in England and 
Wales. Some of the name settled in the county of Kent, 
in the reign of Henry I. Their coming there was about the 
year 1112 or 1115. That was about fifty years before the 
Norman conquest. Some settled- in Ashford, fifty miles from 
London, in the reign of Henry IV., about the year 1400. 
Sir John Fogg founded a College in Ashford, where he 
died. His son. Sir John Fogg, resided there. His will 
was dated Nov. 4, 1533. There was also a Sir Francis 
Fogg in that place. These families were of high standing. 

Rev. Robert Fogg, supposed to be a relative to the first of 
the name in America, lived in the north of Wales, in 1662. 
The first in New Hampshire was Samuel Fogg. He was 
the progenitor of the name in this part of the country. It 
is said ** three brothers" came over, the other two, Robert 
and Ralph, going to other States. 

Samuel Fogg came to Hampton. The town was settled 
in 1638, and he came soon after. Then there were but four 
towns in New Hampshire. He was about 35 years of age, 
and married Anne Shaw of that town, Oct. 12, 1652. Ten 
years later, she died, and he married Mary Page, of Hamp- 
ton. He died April 16, 1672. He had a farm, and was a 
member of the Congregational church in the town, as were 
both of his wives. 


Rev. Jeremiah Fogg, bom in Hampton about 171 1, grad- 
uated at Harvard College in 1730, and was settled as the 
first minister in Kensington, Nov*, 1737* He continued 
there 52 years, and died Dec. i, 1789, aged 78. He was of 
the third generation from Samuel Fogg, already named at 

It is believed that Major Josiah Fogg, early in this town, 
was also a descendant of Samuel Fogg, of Hampton. He 
was from near Bride Hill, in that town. He was married 
three times. His first wife's name was Mary. Children : 

Samuel, b. Aug. 10, 1756. 

Molly, b. April 30, 1762, married Mr. Osgood. 

By second wife, — 

Sarah, b. Nov. 24, 1767. 

Lucy, b. Nov. 12, 1770, married Chase Osgood. 

By third wife, — 

Abigail, b. July 25, 1772, married Joshua Norris. 

Dorothy, b. March 14, 1774. 

Joseph, b. March 27, 1776. He followed his[fatheron the 
home place, owned a large farm, was energetic and indus* 
trious, and represented the town in the Legislature. 

Josiah, b. June 10, 1778, was a farmer and joiner, lived 
where Rev. M. Newhall lately lived, but sold and went to 

Nancy, b. July 11, 1780, married Mr. Sanborn. 

Dudley, b. Sept. 20, 1782, married Nancy Gove, of Not- 
tingham, and settled in Readfield, Me. 

It is thought that there were more children, who died 
young. Major Fogg's third wife was Abigail Eastman, 
probably of Kingston. Dr. J. C. Eastman, of Hampstead, 
is a relative. 

Joseph Fogg, son of Major Josiah Fogg, married Dorothy- 
Evans. Children : 

1. Hannah, b. Jan. 16, 1799* 

2. Sally, b. March 16, 1803. These both married and 
went to Maine. 


3. Joseph, b. Oct. 22, 1806. lie lived away after marry- 
ing, but came back to the home place. Neither he nor his 
wife lived to advanced years. Of their children, three re- 
main : Mrs. Aaron W. Brown of this town, Mrs. Floyd of 
Epping, and Mrs. Samuel Gove of Nottingham. 

4. Eleanor, b. Aug. 23, 181 1,* married Ebenezer Prescott 
and lives in town. 

5. Timothy E., b. Feb. 15, 1814, settled at first on the 
home place, having married Frances Prescott. Afterwards 
he went to Maine, and lived last in Lewiston, where he 

Josiah Fogg, son of Major Josiah Fogg, married Hannah 
I'eckcr of Salisbury, Mass. He died in Deerfield, Mass., 
in March, 1869. His wife died in Exeter, Sept. 26, 1861. 
Children : 

1. Josiah, b. March 25, 181 1, resides in Deerfield, Mass., 
is engaged in raising short-horned cattle. 

2. James P., b. Nov. 26, 1812, resides in Chicago, 111., 
and is an importer and dealer in seeds. In that business, he 
has been to Europe several times. 

3. Lucy J., b. Nov. 6, 1814, married A. II. Dunlap, and 
resides in Nashua. Mr. Dunlap is in the garden seed busi- 

4. Abby P., b. Dec. 19, 1816, married J. T. Porter of 
Exeter, died March 4, 1861. 

5. William P., b. Dec. 24, 1818, died Aug., 1823. 

6. Charlotte H., b. July i, 1821, died Aug., 1823. 

7. Martha N., b. May 3, 1824, resides in Deerfield, 
Mass. The above were born in Raymond, and the family 
moved to Exeter. 

8. William P., 2d, b. in Exeter, July 27, 1826, resides in 
Clcaveland, Ohio. He has been a great traveler ; once sail- 
ed around the world, and at the time was correspondent 
of a Cleaveland paper, which correspondence was 'publish- 
ed in book form. He spent the winter a year ago in Egypt. 

Dudley Fogg, son of Major Josiah Fogg, married Nancy 


Gove, Aug. a8, 1805. She was born, Dec. 28, 1783. Mr. 
Fogg, ailer marriage, went to Readileld, Me., and, in 1807, 
moved his family there. That town was his home till his 
death, Nov. 19, 1855. Ilis widow died June 23, 1859. 

Mr, Fogg was Town Agent several years, one of the 
Selectmen -from 15 to 20 years, and he and his wife were 
members of the Free Baptist church, of which he was a 
deacon. Children : 

1. Samuel G., b. Sept. 13, 1806, died June 9, 1819. 

2. Sally S., b. March 24, 1809, married Moses Choate. 

3. Ruth A., b. Oct. 9, 1811, married Charles Bean. 

4. Josiah N., b. Jan. 12, 1815, married Hannah W. 

5. Dudley, b. May 11, 1817, died June 5, 1839. 

6. Perfenda R., b. May 17, 1821, married Rev. G. W. 
Bean. He is a minister in the F. Baptist denomination, was 
pastor some years in Maine, then in Lowell, Mass., Sand- 
wich, N. H., then back to Maine, and is now agent of 
Pittsiield Seminary. 

7. Samuel G., b. March 27, 1823. He lives on the home 
place in Readfield. He married Mary A. Stevens. She 
died, and he married, second, Ann M. Prescott, daughter of 
Ebenezer Prescott, of Raymond. 


The first of the name in this country was John, who 
came to Hingham, Mass., in 1638, and to Exeter about 1650. 
His descendants have lived, if we have a correct account, 
in Exeter ever since. One, Gen. Nathaniel Folsom, was 
an officer in the war of the Revolution, and a member of the 
Continental Congress. 

Eliphalet Folsom was born in Exeter, a mile below the 
village. He came to this town, married Molly Fullonton, 
and lived where Capt S. D. Tilton does. Children : 

I. Child, b. March 2, 1777, died same day. 

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2. Jonathan, b. Oct i8, 1778. He never married, lived 
on the home place to a great age, had good social qualities, 
and a very genial disposition. He died Dec. 8, 187 1. 

3. Polly, b. Feb. 7, 1780, married James Young, lived in 
Deerfield, and the last years of her life in this town. 

4. John, b. July 2, 1783, married, first, Mary Palmer of 
Candia ; second, Mrs. Pillsbury, lived in town, was much 
in office, as Selectman, Representative and Justice of the 
Peace ; died Jan. 31, 1864. Children : Mary, Sally, Delia, 
John Franklin, Hannah, one died young. All dead but De- 
lia. By second wife, Julia and Emily. John Franklin, the, 
only son, married Elizabeth Pillsbury, and died July 7, 
1857, aged 37. He was an active, good citizen. One son, 
Rev. John Dana Folsom, and three daughters, living. 

5. Jacob, b. July i, 1785, married Huldah Folsom, and 
settled in Maine. His widow and a daughter, Mrs. H. P. 
Fullonton, are now here. 

6. Eliphalet, b. Dec. 7, 1788, married Miss Folsom and 
selUed in Maine. 

7. Francis, b. Feb. 16, 1792, never married, lived on the 
home place, and died May 3, 1833. 

8. Thomas, b. Dec. 22, 1794, married Sally Edgerly of 
Epping, lived on the home place, a farmer, and for two 
ye.irs one of the Selectmen. Children, — Eliphalet Francis, 
a school teacher, a young man of promise, died Nov. 23, 
1842. Sarah A. became the first wife of Capt. S. D. Til ton, 
and died Nov. 20, 1870. Thomas Folsom died Nov. 12, 

9. Delia, b. Dec. 21, 1796, married, first, John Nay, lived 
in town ; second, Theophilus Stevens, and lives in Epping. 

Rkv. Abraham Folsom. The first account of his an- 
cestors is in Epping, and there is no doubt they were 
descendants of the first John, at Exeter. 

First Generation. Abraham Folsom lived in Epping. 

Second Generation. Abraham and John, sons of the 
above, settled in Gilmanton. 


Third Generation. Jacob, son of Abraham, settled in 
Tunbridge, Vt., and was deacon of the Free Baptist church. 
His late years were passed in Washington, Vt. 

Fourth Generation. Rev. Abraham Folsom, oldest 
son of Jacob, was bom in Tunbridge, April i6, 1794, ^^^ 
died in this town, March 31, 1872. An account of him is 
given in the Chapter on Biography. 

Moses Folsom, brother of Rev. Abraham, is a Free Bap- 
tist preacher in Newfield, Me. 

Enos, another brother, served as a printer, in after years 
lived in Washington, Vt., and about 1862 moved to Wiscon- 
sin. He became a member of the Rolling Prairie Free Bap- 
tist church, was its Clerk, and died in Burnett, Wis., Feb. 

S» 1874, aged 75- 

Oilman Folsom, of this town, came from another branch 
of the first John in Exeter. There was a David Folsom, 
who had five sons, — James, David, Winthrop, Oilman and 
Ezekiel. Ezekiel lived in the north part of Epping, near 
the Lee line. There, his son Oilman was born. He served 
with Mead Folsom, at West Epping, married Betsy Norris, 
and settled on a farm that had long been in the Osgood 
name. Thegreatbusinessinwhichheandhisson were former- 
ly engaged, is named on page 25. Moses, a brother of Gil- 
man, lived when young with John Folsom, Esq., near Oak 
Hill. He was killed many years ago by an accident in a 
mill, somewhere west of New Hampshire. 


Joseph Oile signed the petition for the incorporation of the 
town. We know nothing more of him, and it is not likely 
that Jesse Gile, the head of the family afterwards here, 
who came from Haverhill, Mass., was related to him. 

Jesse Gile lived on the place where his grandson, Martin 
V. B., now lives. He was a man who made no great show, 
but possessed good judgment, and a sound understanding. 

OF KAY310XD. 229 

He died Aug. 7, 1838. His children by his wife, Mary, 
were : 

1. Ruth, b. June I, 179S, lived in town, died April i, 

2. David, b. March 30, 1797, lived in the west part, and 
about 1848, when the line was straightened, his house was 
in Candia, where he died. 

3. Phebe, b. May 8, 1802, lived in town, became the sec- 
ond wife of Elias Wendell, and died Dec. 12, i860. 

4. Samuel, b. Oct. 23, 1804. 

5. Mary, b. June 21, 1807, married Nathaniel D. West, 
and died April 16, 1857. 

6. Jesse, b. March 3, 1812. He lived on the home farm, 
married Eliza Towle. He has always been willing to work 
for a living, and it is pleasant to say that from that humble 
home, children came forth to act a good part. They are 
the following : Martha V. B., on the home place, Nancy, 
Elisha T., Lavinia, married Henry O. Towle, Oilman E., 
Lydia, married iMr. Webster of East Kingslon, Erastus U., 
Ellen, married Mr. Hayes, lives in Milton, and Jesse. Two 
died young. 

Another, a relative of the Oile family, should be named. 
Mary N. Gile was a native of the town ; in the common 
school, evinced good scholarship ; much by her own energy 
and industry, attended higher schools, so that she became 
qualifled to teach, in which she became very successful. 
After pursuing this calling for a few years, another situation 
for usefulness presented itself. On the 25th of July, i860, 
she was united in marriage with Nathaniel G. Knowles of 
Haverhill, Mass., where she resides. 


There are accounts of this family, like that of the Poor 
family, as early as 1066. Some of the name went with 
William the Conquerer, from the Province of Maine, in 


France, to England. The first who settled in our country 
was Edward, who came to Ilingham, Mass., in 1638. John, 
his SOD, came to Exeter in 1650, and in that town, descend- 
ants have lived to the present, while branches have lived in 
Newmarket and many other places. The family has an 
honorable history. Members have filled high places of trust. 
John of Exeter, was Councilor in the time when New 
Hampshire was a British Province. Nicholas was a Repre- 
sentative and Senator in Congress, and once, while on his 
way to the seat of government, discovered, it is believed, 
one of the springs in Saratoga, N. Y., which to this day 
bears the name **Congress Spring." From that spring we 
have drank. John Taylor Gilman was governor of this 
State fourteen years. The blood of the Gilmans flows in the 
veins of the Dudleys in this town, and their connections* 
Judge John Dudley having, while living in Exeter, married 
Elizabeth Gilman. Ilcnce the name, Gilman Dudley, grand- 
son of the Judge. 

The Gilmans of Raymond sprang from a family in Kings- 
ton, probably a branch of the Exeter family. Nicholas Gil- 
man, of Kingston, came here as we have named in our jour- 
ney about town. Chapter IV,, page 27. His wife's name was 
Elizabeth. The following were their children, probably 
the most, or all, were born here : 

1. Jonathan, b. May 31, 1763, settled in Vermont. 

2. Phineas, b. Oct. 25, 1764, lived here, as will be seen. 

3. Abigail, b. Sept. 17, 1766, died nine days later. 

4. Zebulon, b. June 7, 1768, settled in Vermont. 

5. Edward, b. March 10, 1770, settled in Vermont. 

6. John, b. Feb. 11, 1772, settled in Vermont, 

7. Levi, b. Sept. 10, 1775, settled in a northerly part of 
the State. 

8. Joseph Warren, b. May 31, 1777, died young. 

9. Joseph Warren, b. Aug. 23, 1779. 

10. Nicholas, b. Jan. 2, 1785. 

Phineas, the second child ol the first Nicholas, married 


in 1786, Ruth Brown of Poplin, now Fremont, and settled 
where his son, the late Benjamin B. Gilman, lived. JSe was 
one of the Selectmen and Representative. He was a farmer, 
and diligent in business. He died Oct. 6, 1836 ; his widow, 
June 7, i860, aged 90. Children : 

1. Moses, b. March 7, 1787. He went to New York. 
His wife was Miss Strickland. 

2. Betsy, b. June 26, 1789, married Joseph Bean of Can- 
dia, (Island) and died in 1826. 

3. Sarah, b. Jan. 26, 1791, residence here. 

4. Hiram, b. June 11, 1793, went to ^Pennsylvania and 
settled. First wife. Miss Marsh, second. Miss Inglesby. 

5. Enoch, b. Feb. 28, 1795, settled in Pennsylvania. 
Married Miss Marsh. 

6. Mary, b. Dec. 26, 1797, married Samuel McClure, 
lived in town, died Oct. 9, 1855. 

7. Ruth, b. Jan. 24, 1799, residence here. 

8. Susan, b. Jan. 25, 1801, resides in town. 

9. Benjamin B., b. Jan. 17, 1803. He married, Aug. i, 
1832, Sally Tucker, settled on the homestead, was much in 
oflicc, as Moderator of town meeting, one of the Selectmen, 
Representative, and Justice of the Peace. He had good 
business capacity, was a farmer, and died Oct. 29, 187 1. 
Cliildren, — Gilford F., lost in the late war, Enoch, Mrs. 
Nowcll, George, Hannah, Mary, Sarah, married, Emeline, 
and Charles, who died. 

10. Nicholas, b. 1805, died when about six months of age. 

11. Nicholas, b. Nov. 29, 1807. He went to Indiana. In 
the time of the war with Mexico, in 1846, he entered the 
service, and was a Lieutenant. 

12. Phineas, b. Dec. 8, 1809, married Catharine Good- 
win of Newburyport, lived for a time in Strafford, and for 
the last years in this town. His wife died Nov. 29, 1869. 

13. Hannah, b. Nov. 2, 1811, married Janies Hobbs of 

14. Sophia W., b. April 26, 1813, married, first, a Mr. 


Gove, lived away ; second, Joseph N. Haines, a mason by 
trade. For a few late years, they lived in town, then moved 
to Dover, and a few months since came back here. 


The first of the name in this country was Thomas, who 
came over in 1635, and was in Cambridge, Mass. The 
next was William, in 1645, who came to the same town, and 
was likely a relative. The Ilealeys of Itaymond, Candia 
and those formerly in Chester, descended from this William. 
He had a son Samuel, who lived in Hampton Falls. This 
last had a son William, bom Jan. 29, 1689, married Mary 
Sanborn. Six children were bom while living in that town ; 
about 1728, he moved to Chester, where two more were bom. 

His third child was Samuel, born in Hampton Falls in 
1720. He came to Raymond in 1743, an early settler. His 
father gave him a lot of land in the west part, near the 
Langford road in Candia. Ilis age was 23, young and coura- 
geous, planting himself in the wilderness, with but small 
openings, where soon after there were terrible fears of the 
Indians. It is related that the great hope of safety was, if 
danger was imminent, to flee to a garrison in Cliester. We 
have called this town by its present name, but it was called 
Freetown till Mr. Ilealey had been here twenty-one years. 

Samuel's wife was named Abigail, but what her other 
name was, we have not ascertained. Two years after com- 
ing, that is, Nov. 5, 1745, a child was born, who was named 
William Smith. We had a record of but one child born 
here before that in this place. 

It is a tradition that Romulus, the founder of Rome, five 
centuries before the Saviour came, was suckled by a wolf. 
We do not suppose children were here early, but we have 
only to look back to that time, and see babes cradled in the 
rudest of cottages, amid the howling of wolves and other 
wild beasts. 


These parents had a large family of children. Besides 
William Smith, we have thd names of Sarah, Samuel, 
Lydia; Jonathan, Elizabeth and Abigail, died young. 
It appears that Mr. Healey's wife then died. He married 
again, and if our record is correct, had nine children more, 
making sixteen in all. We liavc the name Flanders, and 
the following : 

Benjamin, b. Aug. 28, 1766. He died in a barn, Dec, 
26, 1826. This will be noticed, together with some of his 
peculiar characteristics, in the Chapter on Casualties. 

Jonathan, b. Mjirch 8, 1768. He lived in the edge of 
Candia, was the father of Dca. Jcflcrson Ilcaley there, and 
Samuel Hcalcy in the Gile district, in this town. He was 
drowned in a well in Candia, Oct. 21, 1846. 

Then there were Elizabeth, Nathaniel, Mirriam, Abigail, 
and last Moses, born May 12, 1782. We find the record of 
his birth in the hand-writing of his much older brother, 
William Smith, who was waggish and rather mirthful, thus : 
** Mow Hcaley Was born in 1782 November 29 one frida 
day." This date does not agree with that we have given. 

William Smith Healey married, and he and his wife 
Elizabeth had children as follows : 

Abigail, b. Dec. 13, 1772, died Feb. 24, 1787. 

Mary, b. Feb. 28, 1775. 

Betty, b. Aug. 22, 1777. 

Sarah, b. March 18, 1781, died young. 

Molly, b. July 21, 1782. 

Sarah, b. Feb. 26, 1784. 

Phineas, b. Jan. 16, 1785. 

Olley, b. Nov. 29, year not given, died March 8, 1787. 
The name probably was Olive, but the pronunciation was 
often Olley, and we follow the spelling we find. 

Smith, b. April 21, 1788. 

There were two others, John and Phebe. These make 
eleven. Possibly others besides the two noted, died young. 

Samuel Healey brother of William Smith Healey and 


Naomi, his wife, were married Nov.«i3, i777* Chfldren: 

Reuben, b. Feb. 23, 1779. 

Dolly, b. Feb. 7, 1782, 

Elliot, b. March 22, 1784. 

Samuel, b. April 10, 1786. 

Only space can be well afforded for an account of die 
sons of the first Samuel Healey in town, and their issue* mm 
these are the principal ones that lived here. Samuel Healey* 
in District No. 6, son of Jonathan of Candia, has been nam- 

Smith Healey, son of William Smith Healey, lived on the 
Langford road where Widow Roberts now does, in a house 
mnce taken down. Warren and Thomas M., of this towiit 
and William, of Candia, are 90ns. 

He died June 20, 1827. His widow, some years later, 
became the second wife of Jonathan Smith, father of A. 
Bean Smith in tlie Village. 

Reuben Healey, son of Samuel, son of the first Samuel 
in town, was the father of Samuel Healey in the Dudley 

Moses Healey , son. of the first Samuel in town, lived at 
the Green, and died June 28, 1865. Of his sons. True died 
in the Lane district; Edward in Roston in 1874; J^^*^ 
married Sarah Heath, lived on the Green, now on the llodjr. 
kins place, has been one of the Selectmen and Representa- 
tive. Children, — J. Francis in town ; Mary J. was a teacher, 
married Isaac Underbill, lives in Manchester; James M., in 
town; Dana C, in Maine; Annie P. and Edward S., at 
home. Two others died young. 



John and Leonard Harriman (brothers) Yorkshire Puri- 
tans, emigrated from England about the year 1640. John 
settled in what is now New Haven, Conn., and died in i68i« 
In his will he calls himself **8tricken in years,** and names 


only one son. His son's name was also John, born, 1647 ; 
graduated at Harvard College, 1667. He was a minister, 
and preached 20 years in New Haven and vicinity. In 1690, 
he removed to Elizabethtown, N. J., was settled over the 
church until his decease in 1704. Some of his descendants, 
it is believed, are now found in New England, but are some- 
what numerous in the Middle States. Leonard Harriman, 
brother of John, who went to New Haven, is found among 
the early settlers of Rowley, Mass. Rowley then embraced 
the present Rowley, together with Boxford, Groveland, 
Bradford and Georgetown. 

In 1649, Leonard and Margaret his wife had a daughter 
born. They had tliree sons, John, born 1650, Matthew, 
1652, Jonathan, 1657. John, the first born son of Leonard, 
was sacrificed in King Phillip's war, in the massacre at 
Bloody Brook, Deerfield, Mass., where perished 90 brave 
youths, the flower of Essex County, John, the son of Leon- 
ard, being one of the number. 

Matthew, Leonard's second son, settled in Haverhill, 
Mass. From him descended the Harrimans of Plaistow, 
the town north. The first, of whom we have an account there, 
was John. Farmer, New Hampshire's former great anti- 
quarian, gives his name John, but Mrs. Fellows of Haver- 
hill, a great grand-daughter, gives us his name as Joseph. 
Farmer says, he is supposed to have been the first man in 
New llain|)shire who adopted Baptist sentiments. We think 
his church relations were in Newtown, now Newton, where 
the first Baptist church in this State was formed in 1755. 
This Harriman was a deacon, and died in 1820, aged 97. 
Deacon Harriman had a son David, we think a good man, 
with a very pious, wife. Two sons, John and David, became 
preachers. John was ordained in a barn in Plaistow, April, 
181 2. He was known in most of the towns about here as 
very useful in his calling. While living in Canterbury, he 
was Representative in the Legislature. He was a man of 
great purity of life, warm-heartedness as a Christian, a good 

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singer, and always happy. He died in Newton* April 8, 
1864, aged 82. He belonged to the denominatbn called 

David was ordained in Candia» where he lived some 
years, in 1817. He was a Free Baptist, was pastor in Weare 
some years; died in Sutton, Dec. i, 1844; buried at his 
home in Weare. A son, David P., was a college graduate, a 
Free Baptist minister, and died in Strafford, June 23, 1864. 

Jonathan, the youngest son, remained on the homestead. 
Margaret, his mother, died in 1676. Leonard, his father, the 
common ancestor of all the Harrimans of New England, 
died Aug. i9, 1691. Jonathan married Margaret WocxL 
To this couple were bom six sons, \iamely : Jonathan, 
1692 ; Leonard, 1694 ; Nathaniel, 1696 ; John, 1703 ; Samuel, 
X705 > Jeremiah, 1709. 

The descendants of these, as well as the descendants of 
Matthew, who settled in Haverhill, arc found in Massacliu- 
setts. New Hampshire, Maine, Vermont and manjr other 

Samuel Harriman, above named, married Oct. 16, 1729, 
Jane Coleman of Newbury. At the organization of the 
second church in Rowley (now Georgetown) this Samuel 
was one of the members. He had a farm in this part of 
Rowley, and cither lived here, or at Newburyixjrt, at the 
time of his death, which resulted from a fall from the beams 
of his barn, about 1756. This couple lost all the children 
they then had (three), in the great epidemic, *' throat dis- 
temper," of 1736. Nine hundred children, in Essex county 
alone, were swept off by this disease, within the space of 
six months. Perhaps there was more superstition in that 
age, than in this. During the prevalence of this disease, 
bnt before it had reached her famil}', Mrs. Samuel Harri- 
man, being in the cellar, heard, as she believed, three loud 
and distinct raps, sounding like one striking knuckles against 
the ceiling. On getting up stairs, she looked about for the 
cause of this rapping, but finding none, she was painfully 


impressed with the conviction that what slie lieard was but 
the •* forerunner of the death of her children." The disease 
entered her house, and, in a few days, her three little ones 
were deposited in the same grave. Subsequently, two chil- 
dren were born to them : Jane, in 1740, who became the wife 
of Benjamin Evans, Esq., of Rocky Hill, Salisbury, Mass., 
and Asa, born in 1742. Asa, at the age of fourteen (his father 
having died from a fall in the barn) , was put under guar- 
dianship of his Uncle Coleman. In 1759, ^^ ^^^ ^S^ ^^ 
seventeen, we find him in the military service in the French 
War. He served in Col. Joseph Gerrish's Regiment, raised 
for the invasion of Canada. Though he had hardly attain- 
ed to manhood, he possessed great muscular power, and in 
leisure hours during his military service, he was much en- 
gaged in wrestling, jumping the pole, lifting at stiff heels, 
&c. He obtained a fund of stories and anecdotes, while in 
this service, that lasted him through a long life, and he had 
a great faculty of interesting old and young, in recounting 
the events of the war. 

March 25, 1760, at the age of eighteen, Asa Harriman 
married Joanna Beal, of York, Me. She was of the 
same age, and is represented as having been a large, court- 
ly woman, of fine personal appearance, and much good- 
ness of heart. Asa inherited from his father the Rowley 
farm, to which he took his young bride in 1760. They 
lived here several years ; they then sold out and moved to 
Epping, N. H., having bought the farm in that town, now 
owned by Capt. George N. Shepard, of the Eleventh Regi- 
ment, N. H. Volunteers. The children of Asa and Joanna 
were, — Jane, born 1762; Asa, Jr., born 1766; Phebe, born 
1768 ; Betsey, 1770 ; Sanuiel, 1773 ; Dudley, 1776 ; Jesse, 
1778; Sally, 1780, and John, 1783. The descendants of 
these arc in all the New England States, particularly Maine 
and New Hampshire. Asa, Jr., in 1786, at the age of 
twenty, married Sarah Evans, of Salisbury Point, Mass. In 
1788, this couple emigrated into the wilderness, and settled 


in the south-westerly part of Warner, N. H., at the foot of 
the Mink Hills. This farm consisted of lOO acres of wild 
land, which, on being cleared up, proved to be productive, 
but the privations of these first settlers were bitter, and their 
struggles against want and hunger, severe. A young fam- 
ily of four children had been bom to them, — Nancy, Phebe, 
Benjamin Evans and David. The sun had begun to shine 
in the wilderness, and the circumstances of the family were 
beginning to wear a more cheerful aspect, when it was visit- 
ed by a terrible calamity. In March, 1794, Asa Ilarriman, 
then but twenty-eight years of age, was killed by a falling 
tree. His burial ser\Mce was numerously attended, for he 
was a man of sterling qualities, and whoever knew him, 
was his friend. He was a man of great physical strength, 
was ^*six feet two,^ and weighed tAvo hundred. Benjamin 
Evans llarriman was three years of age when his father 
died, having been bom Jan. 14, 1791. He remained on the 
old homestead, and added largely to its acres. He was a 
good farmer, and an upright man, considerably in public 
life, and represented his town several years in the Legisla- 
ture. He married Hannah Flanders, also of Warner, by 
whom he had a large family, viz. : Henry H., Benjamin 
F., Walter, (Col. of the Elcvcth Regiment N. II. Volun- 
teers, and Brigadier General by Brevet, and subsequently 
Governor of his native State two years,) David C, Elkanan 
W., Augustine W., Leonidas, Hannah, Helen, and Frank 
P. All are now living in sight of old Kearsarge Mountain. 
Benjamin E. died Oct., 1856, aged 65. 

Dudley and Jane, brother and sister of Asa, Jr., emigrated 
to the State of Maine, where they became heads of large 
families. Betsey married John Flanders of Salisbury, Me., 
had eight children, only two of whom are now known to be 
living, — Benjamin E.,of Brentwood, N. H., and Joseph, late 
of Boston, Mass. 

It has been stated before, that during the Revolutionary 
war, Asa llarriman moved from Mass. to Epping, N. H., 


where his three youngest children, Jesse, Sally and John 
were born. About the year 1785, he moved from Epping to 
Raymond, and settled on an elevation now known as 
** Harriman Hill,** about a mile from the Center, where he 
closed a life of fourscore years, his wile surviving him three 
years. Jesse inherited tlic paternal estate, to which he and 
his descendants have added largely in acres and culture. It 
may be said of him, he had a sound mind in a sound body. 
His physicial force was very great, few of his contempora- 
ries, being able to match him. He possessed many sterling 
qualities of mind and heart, and among others in a high de- 
gree the rare virtue of common sense, which made him a 
man of correct judgment in everything pertaining to the 
sphere of life in which he "hioved ; fortitude in suffering, that 
true courage or presence of mind that renders its possessor 
calm, serene and efficient in tipies of danger, and the benev- 
olence of heart that forgets itself in its eager desire to ad- 
minister to the necessities of others. It was a part of his 
philosophy, that every man should pursue tliat course of 
life for which nature designed him ; tHat no one should seek 
to advance his own interest by engaging in any business 
detrimental to the public weal. It was his ambition to sub- 
due and beautify the earth, to render it obedient to the de- 
mands of moral nature, to rear flocks and herds, to keep 
them in high condition, and train them to become the ready 
vassals of his will. And now, having faithfully served his 
day and generation, and almost reaching the half-way mile- 
stone of the last decade of a century, he passed calmly and 
joyously from the friends he loved to those who had gone 
before, exclaiming, ** I have a hope as an anchor to the 
soul. I sec visions of beauty and glory * beyond the river.' " 
He died March 28, 1872. He was married, in 1804, to 
Abigail Tilton, also of Raymond. To them were born 
Samuel M., a public teacher of youth for more than forty 
consecutive years, John Dudley, Mary T. (Mrs. Henry 
Hardy) , Emily B. (Mrs. Rawson) , of Chicago, G. Washing- 


ton who died at the age of twelve, and Josiah, who also died 
young. His wife, Abigail Tilton, died, Nov* 13, 1824, aged 

Hannah Locke, whom he married in 1825, died Feb. 7, 

1868, in her 84th year. 

Samuel M. Harriman, who resides on the homestead, was 
married to Elizabeth Locke, of Seabrook, in 1837. '^o them 
were bom five children, two of whom survive, Ellen E. and 
Luvan A. ; the other three, a son and two daughters, died in 
infancy. His wife, Elizabetli Locke, Iiaving died in 1856, 
^gpd 37 years, he was married to Hannah Ma^a Hazelton 
of Chester, Oct 9, 1867. 

J. Dudley Harriman,now residing on the previously named 
hills, was married to Almira T. Rdwson, of Douglas, Mass. 9 
in 1839. To them were bom two sons and a daughter. The 
oldest, Adelaide, who died in her twenty-third year. An* 
gello who died in infancy, and John Wesley. The childrea 
of Henry and Mary T. Hardy, who live at Raymond Cen- 
ter, are Albert D., George H. and Mary Abbie, the wife 
of J. W. Fisk, 

The children of Emily, Mrs. Rowson, are Fannie, Mrs. 
S. W. Adams, of Chicago, Celeste L., Mrs. Baker of Al- 
bany, New York, Byron and Ada. 

Sally Harriman, sister of Jesse, was married to William 
Stevens, and became the mother of eight children. Sarah, 
the oldest daughter, was married to Joseph Fisk, of Derry, 
they moved to Raymond in 1844, and have one son, J. Wil- 
son, who represented the town in 1874, ^^^^ elected in 1875. 


The first Lane in this country was Andrew, who was in 
Hingham, Mass., in 1639. ^^ ^^ thought that he afterwards 
came to Portsmouth, but nothing more is known of him. 

The progenitor of the Lanes in the south-west of this 
town, and in the part of Chester near, was William. He 


came from England to Boston in 165 1. The next year, he 
was made a freeman by taking what was called the ** Free- 
man's Oath,** His trade was that of cordwainer (shoe-mak- 
er) . He was married twice, and had seven children. The 
line of descent of the Lanes here, was through his fiflh 
child, named William, born Oct. i, 1659, in Boston. 

By some means he came north. He chose for his wife, 
Sarah Webster, a native of Hampton, and settled there. 
His house, it is said, was near where the Academy now 
stands. By trade, he was a tailor. He had seven children. 
He died Feb. 14, 1749, '^^® ^'^^^ having previously died. 

The oldest son was John, born Feb. 17, 1685, married 
Mary Libbey of Rye. He followed the sea, and finally 
made a voyage from which he never returned. 

His family, it seems, resided in Rye, or his widow might 
have returned there after he was lost. In that town, his son 
John resided, who was born Oct. 12, 1709. He it was who 
came to Chester, and some of his sons settled in Raymond, 
He married, first, Hannah Lamprey. Children : 

1. John, b. Oct. 17, 1733, married Mary Colby. They 
iiad eight children and he died in 1779. 

2. Daniel, b. July 8, 1735, was married, first, to Mary 
Butterfield, second, to Mrs. Bachelder. He lived in Ray- 
mond and was the father of the late Ezekiel Lane, the 
blacksmith. Daniel died March 8, 1825. 

Second marriage to Mary Knowles. 

3. Ezekiel, b. July 4, 1789, married Abigail Varnum, 
lived in Raymond, and was killed in the battle of Benning- 
ton, Aug. 16, 1777. 

4. David, b. Feb. 21, 174I) married Hannah Morse, liv- 
ed in Raymond, was the grandfather of the late Maj. Lane 
and Dea. D. N. Lane, and died Aug. 23, 1824. 

5. Mary, b. Feb. 24, 1743, married John Knowles, died 
Aug., 1795. 

6. Hannah, b. Feb. 25, 1745 « married Ezekiel Morse, 
died Nov. 16, 183 1. 

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7. Nathan, b. June 12, 1747, married Hannah Holmes, 
lived in this town, near where Garland Wason now Uvea, 
went into the army, and died in the service, Sept. 22, 1776. 

8. Isaac, b. Nov. 20, 1749, died when between seven and 
eight years of age. 

g. Sarah, b. Feb. 16, 1758, married Levi Swain of this 
I town, lived where Levi S. Brown does, had no children that 
lived, died Aug. 13, 1839. 

10. Isaac, b. April 19, 1760, married Abigail Garland, 
I settled on the homestead in Chester, died April 21, 1834. 

11. Jonathan, b. Dec. 13, 1763, married Susanna Emer- 
' son, lived where David Lane does, and raised a large family 

of children, 14 in all. He died March 2, 1847. 

Three or four of these last children of John Lane were 
born in Chester, as he carae there about 1749. He died 
Feb. 13, 1784. In the Militia, lie had a Cornel's Commis- 
sion, from the Provincial Governor, Benning Wentworth, 
which we have seen. His son Isaac, who followed him on 
.tiie home place, had a like Commisnon. And this last had 
a son Isaac, the present Col. Isaac Lane, who was also Cor- 

Daniel, son of the John above named, and Mary, his wife, 
had children as follows : 

I. Jacob, b. 1757. 

3. Hannah, b. April 15, 1759. 

3. Lydia, b. Sept. 5, 1761. 

4. Susey, b. Feb. 14, 1764. 

5. Peter, b. Oct 20, 1766. 

6. Molly, b. Dec. 19, 1768. 

7. David, b. Dec. 19, 1770, went "West. 

8. Zachariah, b. Feb. 18, 1773. died about 1793. 

9. Keziah, b. Feb., 1775, married John Roberts. 

10. Ezekiel, b. April 25, 1780, married Abigail Page, 
daughter of Simon D. Page, and of their children are Dud- 
ley Lane, in the Wason district, the tate Henry D. Lane, on 
the home place, and Mrs. John L. Marden. 


This Daniel Lane had a second wife, remarkable for cor- 
pulency. Her weight was about 300 pounds. The large 
arm-chair, she well filled, is preserved. Doors were hardly 
wide enough for her passage through them. We think she 
was .the largest woman who ever lived in town. 

Ezckicl Lane, son of John, married Miss Shackford, and 
lived at the corner in the Lane district, where the road 
leads ofF to Chester. 

He was killed in the war of the Revolution, leaving but 
one child, named Ezekiel, who married Betsy Shackford, 
lived on the home place, and had the following children : 
Abigail, wlio died young ; Betsy ; Lucretia ; Ezekiel, who liv- 
ed on the home place, married, first, Hannah M. Wadley of 
Epping, second, M. C. Osborn. He died in June, 1873, at 
Widow Timothy Osgood's. There was one other in this 
family, Lydia, who married Joseph Wallace and went from 
town. . 

Jonathan Lane, youngest son of John, married Susanna 
Emerson, and settled where David Lane now lives. Chil- 
dren : 

1. Susanna, b. June 15, 1786, married Jonathan James, 
lived here and in Kensington, where she died, May 20, 
1823. Children : Mrs. Jonathan Robinson of Fremont, J. 
Lane in Danville and a sister in Chester. 

2. Sarah, b. May 19, 1788, married Jonathan Woodman, 
lived in town, died Dec. 4, 1857. 

3. Abigail, b. March 13, 1790. 

4. Jonathan, b. Oct. 24, 1791, died Oct. 17, 1793. 

5. Mary, b. June 14, 1793, married Dea. Amos Bachel- 
der, died Dec 25, 1845. 

6. Jonathan, b. Feb. 27, 1795, died March 10, 1818. 

7. Deborah, b. Dec. 13, 1797, married Daniel Robie, died 
May 24, 1829. John W. Robie was her son. 

8. An infant, b. and died Feb. 8, 1799* 

9. Relief, b. Jan. 9, 1800, lived in town till her last years, 
died in Chester, Aug« 8, 1870. 

zo. Nancy, li. S^it ai, x8oi, died Nov. 6, 1821. 
IX. Betoy, b. Jin. 6, 1803, married John Page. Esq., of 
ESngstcm, died aoddenly, Aag. 7, 1858. ' 

13. Jeaae, b. Oct. 38, 1805, died at tlie age of 23 dnys. 

13. Ruth, b. Dec. t6, 1809, married Co). Moses Page, 
lived in Sandown, next in Kingston, died Feb. 11, 1874- 

14. Jaaon, 6. June x, 1809, lived on the home place, died 

David, another son of John, was older than Jonathan, last 
named. He is reserved to. this place aa liis posterity are to 
be named. Children : 

I. Mehitable, manied Jonathan Ambrose of Concord. 

3. David, married Mary Norris, and lived wliere Dea. D. 
IF. Lane does. He was killed by a cart-wheel May 13, 

3. Isaac, married Joanna Davis, and lived where Jonathan 
X,aae does. 

4. Hannah, married Moses C. Magoon, lived in town, 
' died, Feb 11, 1862. 

5. Nathan. 

David Lane, son of David, son o< John, married Alary 
Norris, daughter oC Maj. Daniel Norris, Feb. 16, 1797. 
He followed his father on the home place. Children : 

I. Mehitable, b. Dec. 13, 1797, died young. 

Z.Jonathan Ambrose, b. April 28, 1799, married, first, 
Betsy Lane, second, Nancy Lane. Of his children, David 
and Jonathan live in town, two daughters away. He was a 
Major in the Militia, served as one of the Selectmen, and 
was a hard-working farmer. He died July 27, 1870. 

3. Daniel Norris, b. Dec. 31, 1801. He married Hannah 
Lane, settled on the home place, was a school-teacher, has 
long been a deacon in the Congregational church, has serv- 
ed asone of the Selectmen, and has these children now living, 
Seth F., Daniel N., Flavilla A., and Wm. Harrison. Dan- 
iel N. is a college graduate ; Wm. Harrison at a Normal 
school. Some others died young. C. Freeman died at 


the age of 23, March 11, i860. He was much beloved. 

4. David, b. July 22, 1807, died at the age of 17. 

As the genealogy of the Lanes is confined mostly to 
those who were born or lived in Rayniond, some of the 
Chester family, who married and came here, are not named 
as to their genealogy. But it should be put down that of 
this class were the wives of Dea. Wason, Dea. Amos Bach- 
elder, and the first and second wives of Major J. Ambrose 

Joshua Folsom Lane, at the village, is a descendant of an- 
other branch of the same family as the foregoing, that be 
gan wilh William Lane at Boston in 165 1. lie had a son 
William, whose son John was the father of John, who came 
to Chester, as already described. The second William had 
a son Joshua, younger than the first John, and the Lanes 
now to be noted came in his line. John, of Chester, was 
his nephew, so the branching off was by the second Wil- 

Joshua Lane was born in Hampton, June 6, 1696. He 
married Bathsheba liobie, and lived about a mile north of 
where Hampton depot now is, was a shoe-maker and currier, 
and a deacon in the Congregational church. It is said he 
was a faithful Christian. He was killed by lightning, while 
standing in his door» June 14, 1766, aged 70. He had 16 
children. His twelfth child, Ebenezer, was father of the 
late Joshua Lane, Esq., of Hampton, two years Representa- 
tive of the town; his sons, Ebenezer and Samuel D., have 
been elected Representatives of Hampton two years each. 

But Joshua, fifth child of Deacon Joshua, is the one whose 
descendants settled in this vicinity. He was born in Hamp- 
ton, July 8, 1724, married Ruth Bachelder, and several 
years later, that is, not far from 1762, settled in what was a 
little later named Poplin, now Fremont. It was in the north- 
east part, where Dea. Fitts lives. He had ten children, and 
died Jan. 13, 1794. He was a member of a Congregational 
church, probably in Epping. 


His oldest child, Mary, married Major Daniel Norris of 
Raymond. The issue will be given in the Norris family. 
The second child was John. He was the (ather of the late 
John Lane, Esq., of Candia, much in office, and also of Dr. 
Isaiah Lane of the same town. James P., son of the doc- 
tor, is pastor of the Congregational church in Brislol, 

Joshua, of Fremont, had, as his fourth child, Joshua, bom 
in Hampton, Jan. 5, 1755, came with his parents to what is 
now Fremont, when about 17 years of age, married Hnn* 
nah Folsom, of New Durham, and settled on Jones's Hill* in 
Epping. He was a farmer and carpenter, and a deacon of 
the Baptist church in Brentwood, where he attended meet* 
ing. He died July 20, 1828 Children : 

X. Jonathan, b. Feb. 17, 1778. He married Hannah Mars- 
ton, settled in Sandwich, died in this town at the home of his 
son, J. Folsom Lane, April z, 1853. 

2. Josiah, b. Nov. 22, 1780, lived in Maine. 

3. Dolly, b. Nov. 30, 1782, married a Hoyt. 

4. Joshua, b. Jan. i, 1786. 

5. John, b. Sept. 28, 1789, married Judith Rowe lived on 
the home place, was a captain in the Militia, a farmer and 


6. Hannah, b. Nov. 18, 1793, married Mr. Rowe. 
Jonathan, oldest son of Dea. Joshua, and Hannah, his 

wife, had the following children, bom in Sandwich : 

1. Hannah, b. Oct. 10, 1800. 

2. James M., b. Oct 25, 1803. 

3. Matilda, b. Ju[y i, 1806, married Amos Stickney, of 
Epping. The children are Mrs. Jonathan Woodman, Mrs. 
John W. Robie, and Mrs. Elbridge G. Brown, all of Ray- 
mond. George died a young man, Rosetta died young. 

4. Jonathan, b. May 8, 1808. 

5. J. Folsom, b. May 21, 1810, married Abigail Jenness, 
of Epping, settled in this town, now lives in the village, has 
been Representative. His children are, Charles W., John 


F., and Mrs. W, A. Tufts, all in town. Abbie married Jo- 
seph Scott, and died in Westfield, Mass. 

6. Dolly, b. Sept. 7, 181 2. Her second marriage was 
with Amos Stickney as his second wife, her third with Mr. 
Taylor, of Exeter. 

7. Betsy, b. April 27, 1815. 

8. Winthrop M., b. May 26, 1818, lives in Rochester. 

9. Susan M., b. Oct. 9, 1820. 

10. Mary A., b. Aug. 21, 1825. 

11. Laura J., b. Jan. 8, 1827. 

We now put down those of the Lane family, descendants 
of the first William, who have flllcd important ofltces. 

Dkaoons. Joshua Lane, of Hampton, Samuel Lane, of 
Stratham, Joshua Lane, of Epping, the late Joshua Lane, of 
Hampton, John Lane, of Chester, D. N. Lane, of Raymond, 
E. J. Lane, of Dover. 

Ministers. James P. Lane, son of Doctor Isaiah Lane, 
of Candia, J. W. Lane, of the Stratham branch of the fam- 
ily, and C. W. Lane, Professor of a university in Georgia. 
He was son of Joseph Lane. 

Representatives in the Legislature. Joshua Lane, 
of Hampton, two years ; his son Ebenezer two years, Sam- 
uel D., two years ; John Lane, of Candia, nine years ; E. J. 
Lane, of Dover, two years ; J. Folsom Lane, of Raymond, 
two years. Success to the Lanes still in good offices and all 
else good. 


There is an account of a family of this name in England 
in 1620. William Lovering lived at Aldham, and between 
the date given and 1637, had his children baptized, prob- 
ably in the Episcopal church. Their names were William, 
John, George, Thomas, Jonathan^ Susanna, David, Eliza- 
beth and Edward. Thomas came to America, as is related, 
but where, it is not said. Farmer says, the first who came 

over was John, in Massachusetts, made a freeman about 1 
1636, and was in Dover in 1665. The name was in Hamp- 
ton and Exeter, sometime ago, and John Prescott Lovering, 
the progenitor of those in Raymond, came from Exeter. It 
was not in the village of Exeter, but near the "Great Ilill," 
on, or not far from, the road leading to Kingston. There, 
at least, some of his children were born. Leaving Exeter, 
he lived at the Rocks in Fremont, moved from there to this 
town, locating near where his great-grandson, Moses L. 
Lovering, now lives. The house stood near the road, and 
one built early was slnntling but a few years since. Its fire- 
place was interesting as a specimen of many in olden time. 
It was some eiglit feet wide, with an oven on the backside 
at one end. It was about five feet high, and would take in 
half a cord of wood. The children by Abigail, his wife, 
were the following : 

1. Molly, b. Nov. 29, 1754. After coming here, she 
lived on the home place, never married, and died Jan. 25, 

.851. I 

2. Theophiius, b. Jan. 3, 1759, came here with his par- 
ents, went into the army of the Revolution at about the age 
of eighteen^ after the war, settled where Hiram P. Beede 
lives, was a Colonel in the Milida, and a farmer. His wrife 
was Susanna, daughter of Judge Dudley. He died April 
IS. i8sa. 

3. Daniel, b. Aug. 16, 1760, a farmer, lived on the home 
place, died Oct. 14, 1838. The lateCapt. Daniel Lovering 
was his soo. 

4. Sarah, b. July 32, 1762. 

5. John, b. Aug. 17, 1764, went west, or south. 

6. Jonathan, b- Aug. 9, 1764. He married, settled in 
the woods between the Branch and the Nay road, afterwards 
moved to Springfield. 

John Prescott Lovering, father of these children, died by 
a fall in Exeter, April 13, 1802, aged 76. His wife di^ 
March 9, 1796. 


Theophilus Levering, known afterwards as a Colonel, 
married Susanna, daughter of Judge Dudley, Jan., 1786. 
Children : 

1. Polly, b. April 3, 1786, died Nov. 3, 1788, 

2. John, b. March 26, 1788, settled near where Col. Elliot 
lives, died March 10, 1853. 

3. Dudley, b. April 30, 1790, died March 5, 1802. 

4. Polly, b. March 12, 1792. She afterwards took the 
name Mary, and married Moses Brown. After living away a 
few years, the family came here, and lived with Col. Lover- 
ing. One daughter, the wife of Mr. Quinby, living in the 
village, died May 24, 1854. Charles and Theophilus L., 
and Mrs. Hiram P. Bcede live in town, Jennie M., in Mass. 

5. Gilman, b. April 5, 1795, settled near his brother John, 
was the father of John Dudley Lovering, named as a col- 
lege graduate, on page 76, also in the list of physicians. 
Gilman Lovering was a farmer, is recollected as a most skill- 
ful drummer at military trainings. He used a small drum, 
and would throw one stick from his hand, then the other, 
catching them so as not to loose a beat on the drum. He 
died July 12, 1829. 

6. Abigail, b. June 16, 1796, died Sept 6, 1802. 

7. Elizabeth, b. Dec. 12, 1798, died Oct. 3, 1801. 

8. Dudley, b. Feb. 20, 1802, died Feb. 12, 1808. 

The children of Daniel Lovering, son of John Prescott 
Lovering were, Daniel, Abijah and Abigail. His daughter 
married a Mr. Miller, and moved to Maine. Abijah lived a 
little from the Branch, in Chester. Daniel followed his 
father on the home place. He was captain of the south 
company of Infantry, a man of industry, noted for independ- 
ence of thought and views, not adopting opinions in poli- 
tics or religion, because others said they were right, unless 
they commended themselves to his understanding. He was 
a member of the Methodist church, and a great lover of 
meetings, sometimes going to Poplin, Chester, &c., to attend 
them. He died Nov. 16, 1863. His children by his first 


wife were four in number. Ifoees L.* married Jane 
ford, of Chester, and lives on the home place; Mrs. John 
Bean, in Manchester; Mrs. Atwood, in Wiacooa in ; Mrs. 
John Whittier, in Manchester. 


William Moody, tiie progenitor of most of die nnme in 
America, came from Wales, in 1633, to Ipswich, Mass., and 
thence, in 1635, to Newbury, with the first setders. He was 
a blacksmith, and it is said that he was the first who ahod 
oxen in this country. From him descended a lofOff line of 
ministers, some of them quite eminent ; among them we may 
name Rev. Joshua Moody, of Portsmouth, the firsc pastor of 
the Congregational churcb, a son of the emignnt. 
Rev. Samuel Moody settled in York, Me., was a man of 
some eccentricity, but of great purity of life. He was 
grandson of the emigrant. 

Where the family that came here was from, has not been 
ascertained. The record is of Daniel, perhaps the earliest 
in this place. 

Children df Daniel and Esther Moody : 

1. Sarahy b. Nov. 7, 1758, died, unmarried, Oct. 5, 1786. 

2. Levi, b. Oct. 18, 1761, drowned in New York, March 
19, 1782. 

3. David, b. July 23, 1763, kept tavern in town. 

4. Clement, b. March 4, 1766. He lived on the Nay 
road ; his two sons, Samuel and Oilman, also setded there. 
Clement Moody died Jan. 30, 1832. 

5. Betty, b. May 2, 1768. 

6. Hannah, b. Sept. 16, 1771. 

7. Mary, b. June 16, 1773, married Thomas Dudley, liv- 
ed near Griffin's mill, afterwards where John Scribner, Esq., 
resides. The children are named in the Dudley genealogy. 
Mrs. Locke, a daughter, lives in town. Mrs. Dudley dded 
Nov. 17, 1827. 

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8. Esther, b. April 7, 1776. 

9. Daniel, b. March 6, 1780, lived where Mr. David Page 
afterwards lived. 

10. Levi, b. July 20, 1783. The first Levi having been 
drowned, the name was given to this son. 

11. John, b. May 9, 1785, lived in town, and died Aug. 
14, 1859. 

Daniel Moody, father of the above children, lived near 
the residence of John Brown, Esq. His wife, Esther, died 
March 17, 1787 ; and he was killed at the saw mill at Free- 
town, Feb. 20, 1804. 

The death of Clement Moody, the fourth of David's chil- 
dren, lias been noticed. His son, Samuel, lived where his 
father did, on the Nay road, and in the house now occupied 
by James K. Brown. He died Feb. 17, 1831. He had 
been one of the Selectmen, was a man of energy and con- 
siderable promise, but fell at the age of 39 years. His widow 
became the second wife of John Wallace, at the Branch, 
and still lives. Jan. 26, 1834, (j^ibnan, another son of Clem- 
ent, died. His widow lives on the Nay road. With the 
death of John Moody, in 1859, tlie name, in the male line in 
town, became extinct. 

Six years went by, and Samuel Moody, son of Samuel, 
already named, came to the place of his nativity, and ihus 
restored the family name. He has had more experience 
in a sea-faring life than any of the sons of the town. He 
has had all the vicissitudes of calm, storm, tempest-tossed at 
the mercy of the winds and waves, and terrible peril. He 
went to sea young, and passed through the different grades 
of service up to that of captain. He followed the life of a 
seaman some twenty two years, and was commander the 
last four. He sailed to dilFerent countries, particularly Chi- 
na, having visited most of its ports ; also Japan. He was 
among the first who went there after its ports were effectu- 
ally opened to the commerce of the world. 

We have said that he has known peril. He was on board 


the Ocean Monarchjn Aug.9i848. It was an Emigrant ship, 
and one day out from Liverpool when it took fire, was lost, 
and 272 persons, with a part of the crew, perished. Five 
hundred emigrants were on board, and 228 were rescued. 
Captain Moody was in the water two hours, supported on a 
spar, when he was picked up by a vessel that came for 
help. The captain lives so retired, and is so closely at 
home, that comparatively few in the town know him. His 
sea life is entertaining. His house is at the end of the Nay 
road at the east. On page 29, we said that it ended at the 
woods. The woodman's ax has been there since the visit 
then made. Still the locality is interesting. 


John and Charles Moore came from Ireland. The for- 
mer married Jane Morrison in Ireland. lie bought land in 
Londonderry* and perhaps lived there, but afterwards in 
Chester. His children were, James, John, Henry and Charles, 
and perhaps others. The family here is in the line of 
James, who married Mary Todd, and in 1764, the year 
Raymond was incorporated, moved to what is still tlie Moore 
place, in the Branch district. Children : 

1. John, b. Dec. 3, 1760, in Chester. 

2. William, b. Oct. 13, 1762, in Chester. 

3. Robert, b. April 23, 1764, was brought to this 
town when about three weeks old. He died Jan. 5, 

4. Henry, b. Feb. 8, 1766. 

5. James, b. Jan. 21, 1768, lived in Freeport, Me., died 
in 1797. 

6. Mary A., b. March 5, 1770. 

James Moore, father of these children, died in 1770. His 
widow married Robert Wallace of Londonderry, and the 
late John Wallace, in the Branch district, was a son by this 


Robert Moore, son of James, married Mary, daughter of 
William Todd, Jr. Children : 

1. Lydia, b. June 20, 1790. 

2. John, b. Jan. 21, 1792. He lived on the home place 
at the Branch, married Abigail Locke of Chester, was an 
energetic, spirit-stirring citizen, captain of the Cavalry, one 
of the Selectmen, and died by an accidental fall, as will be 
foiind in the Chapter on Casualties. 

3. Mary, b. April 3, 1795. 

4. James, b. Feb. 27, 1799. 

Children of Captain John Moore, son of Robert, and Abi- 
gail : One died young ; Lavinia, Eleanor, both live at the 
home place ; Henry, a trader in Chester, has been one of 
the Selectmen, Town Clerk, and Representative of that 
town ; John L., died May 12, 1851 ; William J., in Sandown ; 
Mary married Mr. Smith, and lives in Winchendon, Mass. ; 
Melvin B. lives in Michigan ; Elbridge G. in Milford, Mass., 
Franklin at home ; Catharine married Mr. Griflfis, and lives 
in Michigan. 


Whenever M' or Mc, or Mac, is the first of a surname, 
the evidence is that the persons are of Scotch origin, or de- 
scent. Mc and M' are abbreviations of Mac, which in Scot- 
tish language is son. The Greek lura, meaning lyre, it be- 
comes son of the lyre. Hence the name McClure, some- 
times spelled MaClure and McCluer. Names with the M\ 
or Mc, or Mac were found in Londonderry, settled in i7i9by 
the Scotch Irish. Among them were McGregor, McKeen 
and McNeil. 

The McClure family of this town has the Scotch blood, 
and that is of the best kind. We shall name it again in tlie 
account of the Wallace family. We heard tlie late Horace 
Greeley once say, that Scotland is small ; that he traveled 
across it in a few hours ; yet it had produced poets, philoso- 

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phers, historians and Other great men, that have made thai 
land one of renown ; we may add, have helped shape Ute 
destinies of the world for good. 

The first settler of Ciindia was David McClure. We 
name him because the McCIures of Raymond are relatives. 
He was born in Scotland, about 1730, came over to Boston 
some twenty years laler, thence to Chester, and in 1743 
took up his residence in Candia, then or a little later, called 
Charmingfare. His place was near where Col. R. E. Patten 
now lives, and only n mile or so from the Green in Raymond. 
He built a log house, on a spot still pointed out. Afterwards 
he built a framed house, which is still standing. We have 
visited it again and again, and wish to give some account of { 
it, to induce others to make a pilgrimage there, as it is well 
worth seeing. It is half of a one-story house, of pretty 
good size, witii one large front room, and others for sleeping 
rooms, large timber and a chimney of stone, with an enor- 
mous fire-place, which one can walk into it, unless quite tall, 
without stooping, and in the night can look up and see the 
stars. The mantle-tree, over the fire-place, is of hewed 
pine timber, more than two feet square. For the rest, go 
and see for yourselves. 

This David McClure perished at the Green, in a snow- 
storm, about 1770, as will be named in the Chapter on Cas- 

Alexander McClure was the first of the name in thia 
town. We have not been able to ascertain his relationship 
to David, of Candia, yet as he settled some two miles Grotn 
him, as they then traveled through the woods, he was prob- 
ably related. But he married David's daughter, and in that 
way, if no other, the blood of David McClure, the Scotch- 
man, was transmitted to the family here. 

Alexander McClure was bom Jan. 1734, very likely in 
Scotland. Elizabeth McClure, daughter of David, waa 
bom Nov. 20, 1738. Alexander and Elizabeth McClure 
were married in Oct., 1761. They settled, not long after. 


on the place where David Griffin's large house now stands , 
half a mile above his mills. Nearly a century passed before 
a road was opened by that place. Children : 

1. Jane, b. 1763, died. (^ 

2. Jane, b. June 2, 1765, married Ezekiel Fullontpn, liv- 
ed in town at the Blake house, on the Harriman road, where 
three children were born, viz., John M., James and Betty. 
About 1793, the family moved to Cambridge, Vt. 

3. Martha, b. June 31, 1766, married Mr. Smith. 

4. Mary, b. Dec. 29, 1768. 

5. James, b. June 9, 1771, died young. 

6. Alexander, b. Oct. 11, 1773, married, first, Sarah Nay, 
second, Martha Varnum. He lived on the road beyond the 
**Long Hill," was honest and industrious, a steady church 
attendant, and brought up a large family of children, which 
he trained to good habits. He died Feb. 8, 1850. 

7. Betty, b. June 1775, died young. 

8. & 9. Twins, b. Oct. 1707, dead at birth. 

ID. Elizabeth, b. June 19, 1780, married Jonathan Nay, 
lived in Georgia, Vt., where she died. Mr. Nay came back 
to town. 

II. Fanny, b, April 24, 1784, died July 5, 1815. 

Children of Alexander McClure, sixth of the children of 
the first Alexander, and Sarah his first wife : 

1. Samuel. We have not the date of the births of any of 
these children. lie married Mary Oilman, lived where his 
sons, H. G. and T. F. McClure, now live, was a farmer, 
and died Dec. 26, 1847, ^aged 52. Of the children that 
lived, besides the sons named, is Mrs. Samuel B. Gove. 

2. James, died in New York. 

3. Thomas, an active man, lived away some years, came 
back and died of consumption, at the home of his brother 
John, then living at the late J. Dudley Harriman place, 
April 28, 1832, aged 32. 

4. David settled in Cambridgeport, Mass., was a deacon 
in the Congregational church, came here while health was 


failing, and died at his sister's, Mrs. Hoyti Jan. 20, 1852, 
aged 48. 

5. John, married Mrs. Nay, widow of Jedediah Nay, lived 
on the Harriraan road, moved to Cambridgeport, Mass., 
where lie died. Three children, — Charles F., John F., and 
a daughter. Charles F. married Joan K., daughter of Sher- 
bum lilake, and lives in Boston. 

6. Abigail, died. 

7. Mary, died. 

8. Ehzabeth G., married Moses Iloyt, Aug. 15, 1827. 
One daughter lived, and became the first wife of Lyman 
FrescotL Mr. Hoyt died, and his widow was married to 
Rev. Benjamin S. Mnnson, Nov. 22, 1866. Mr. Manson was 
then pastor in Kittery, Me. In the spring of 1871, his 
health not allowing full work as a minister, he took up his 
residence here. 

Alexander McClure married second Martha Varaum. 
Children : Moses V. and Alexander died in California in 
1858 ; Frederick and Martha died here within a few years. 
All of them are now dead. 

Rev. David McClure, D. D., was pastor of the Congrega- 
tional church in North Hampton, from 1776 to 1785, and 
died in Connecticut in 1820. He was bom in Boston, where, 
as has been seen, David McClure, the first settler of Can- 
diii lived, after coming from ScoUand. C^iiie possible there 
was a relationship. 

There has been but one Patten family in the place, and that 
has become extinct. Thomas Patten was the head of it, 
was of the McClure descent, and, having no record of his 
genealogy, we name him in connection with his kindred, 
McClures. He was bom in town, lived on the place of the 
first Alexander McClure, was a farmer, had a family of 
children, mostly daughters, one of whom was the first wife 
of David Griffin, but all have died, except Mrs. Bullard, of 
Nashua. Mr. Patten died Jan. i, 1869. 



John Moulton came over, in 1637, ^^ Newbury, when 
that place was but two years old. Farmer is our authority 
for this. His work is not at hand now, but we think he 
does not name any other. But we have an account of Thom- 
as, who came at the same time to the same place. Proba- 
bly they were brothers. 

Newbury was new, but not enough so for their adventurous 
spirits. Hampton was settled in 1638, and, in 1639, both 
joined the settlers there. One, if not both, lived a few rods 
below the present Town Hall. Farm continued in the name 
to the present, 236 years, some of the seventh generationi 
we think, being there now. Thomas Moulton died in Hamp- 
ton, Feb. 18, 1665. John had children as follows: William, 
Thomas, Henry, Bridget and Jane. Then there were twins, 
who died the day they were born. John Moulton died at 
the age of 64. From these, John especially, sprang a large 
posterity of Moultons in Hampton, Hampton Falls, Ray- 
mond and other places. Some of the family were enterpris- 
ing and influential. Col. Jonathan, of Hampton, was a Rep- 
resentative in the Provincial Assembly. In 1763, a town 
was granted back in the hill country, of which he and others 
were proprietors. In honor of him and Ezekiel Moulton, 
who became a settler there, it was named Moultonborough. 
The same year, Col. Moulton fattened a large ox till it 
weighed 1400 pounds, raised a iSagon his horns, and drove 
him to Portsmouth, as a present to Gov. Benning Went- 
worth. He refused any compensation, but said he would ac- 
cept a gore of land, by charter, which adjoined Moulton- 
borough. The Governor complied, and Col. Moulton nam- 
ed it New Hampton, in honor of his native town. It em- 
braced what is that town now, and also Center Harbor. 
Col. Moulton lived a little west of Hampton Academy, and 
at least one house that he built is standing now. 

One branch of the family settled in that part of the town 


now Hampton Falls. There lived Richard Moullon. His 
soa Josiah married Hannah Thresher, of Seabrook, and 
came to this town, probably about 1771. ' He lived east of ' 
what 18 now the village, on the road to Fremont, where Uie 
Moulton family now live. Children : 

Abigail, b. Sept. 8, 1773, married Daniel Page, lived in 
East Kingston, also in Concord, where she died. 

Mary, b. Sept, 13, 1775, married John Norris, lived on 
the Long Hill, at what is now the Tucker place, died April 

Three or four, bom next, died young. 

Hannah, b. Jan. 14, 1782, married Joshua Sleeper, and 
lived in Vermont. A daughter, named Polly, married Rev. 
John Norris, a Free Baptist minister. He was on a visit 
here, and preached in the Free Baptist church, April 29, 
1849. We thought him an earnest worker, and the testi- 
mony is, that great energy of body and mind characterized 
hira. He died at Litdelon, N. H., in Aug., 1870, aged 66. 

Sarah, b. Oct. 12, 1784, married Captain Josiah Tilton, 
' lived where their son Oliver does, died Oct 19, i860. The 
children are named in the genealogy of the TiltoQ lamily. 

Jo»ah, b. 1786, has passed his whole life on the home- 
^ead, and is the oldest man in town. 

Levi, b'. April 18, 1789, followed his father on the home- 
stead, has ever been among our most industrious, hard 
working farmers, a large land-holder, and for some years, 
the highest tax-payer in the town. He married Miss Sylva 
Scribner, June 13, 1827. Children: John S., lives here; 
Levi, lives in Portsmouth ; Daniel P., in Deerfield ; Sarah 
A., .married, lives in Canterbury ; George M., on the home 
place ; Joseph Ransom, died Aug. 6, 1861. 


John, the emigrant, was the father of Capt. Samuel Nay, 
who came to this town, and lived in the first house on the 


Nay road, where Samuel Nay lately lived. He was born, 
it is said, in Hampton. The names of his children were 
given us years dgo, by Mrs. Deacon John Dearborn, a 
granddaughter. They may be correct, or nearly so, but 
possibl}' not in th6 order of their birth. Samuel and Ebene- 
zcr, died young; Molly, Elizabeth, John, Jonathan, Sarah, 
Abigail, Eleanor, Joseph, Joanna, and a child who died 

Captain Nay trained them in the paths of morality and 
upright conduct, and his good influence still lives, having 
been transmitted to generations later. He was a very atten- 
tive reader of the Scriptures. Rev. Stephen Bailey, who 
came here in 1817, some months before the Captain died, 
found him better acquainted with the Bible than any one of 
his parishioners. We can only give the genealogy of those 
of the family who lived here. 

Samuel, son oi the foregoing, was a deacon in the Con- 
gregational church, lived on the Nay road, died April 13, 
1834. Children of Deacon Samuel and Mary Nay : 

1. Molly, b. May 28, 1787, mafried Colonel Lyba Brown, 
died March 4, 1851, 

2. Jedediah, b. Feb. 24, 1789, married Miss Brown, 
daughter of Isaac, of Fremont. He died Aug. 4, 1824, 
and his widow married John McClure. 

3 Abigail, b. Nov. 29, 1790, married Abraham Hodg- 
kins, lived in town, died Jan. 14, 1863. 

4. Sarah, b. Dec. 7, 1792. 

5. Stanley, b. March 15, 1795. He lived at the Center a 
few years, where Hiram Sargent lives, kept store, was Cap- 
tain of the north company of Infantry, and moved to Maine 
about 1825. 

6. Ebenezer, b. March 25, 1797. He settled in Candia, 
then in this town, north of the Gile school-house. He was 
in the shoe business, Capt. of the Artillery company, Major 
in the Seventeenth Regiment, an interested member of the 
Congregational church, and died suddenly of heart disease, 


Sept. 19, 1842. Children by his wife Mercy : J. Augus- 
tus, in town ; John K., of Candta, who has been a merchant 
there, and Albert J-, of Manchester. 

John, son of Captain Samnel Nay, b. April 2, 1763, and 
died in Georgia, Vt., Feb.a, 1814. 

Sarah Swain, b. Nov 17, 1763, married about I793t and 
died in Raymond, Feb. 7, 1834. Children: 

1. John, b. Feb, 3, 1794, married Delia Folsom, lived 
first in a part of Deacon Dearbom'3 house, then in one 
near, died March 21, 1855. 

2. Elizabeth, b. May 26, 1795, became the second wife 
of Ebenezer Dearborn, of Nottingham, and died there. 

3. Mary, b. Jan. 7, 1797, married Deacon John Dearborn. 
Children; John, died young; Sarah, the second wife of 
Nathaniel G. Knowles, of Haverhill, Mass., died Feb. 23, 
i860; Jerusha, wife of R. R. Rundlett. Mrs, Dearborn 
was of a very quiet, peaceable disposition, great kindness of 
heart, and died Feb. 20, 1873. 

4. Sarah, b. Nov. 20, 1798, became the wife of Captain 
Benjamin Crimball, of Ndrth Hampton, where she died. 

5. Jonathan, b. Dec, 20, 1800, died Nov. 20, iBoa. 

6. Jonathan, b. July 20, 1803, married Sarah A. TayUir, 
of North Hampton, lives in Nottingham. 

7. Samuel, b. July 25, 1805. 

Abigail, b. March 13, 1809, married John Taylor of 
North Hampton, afterwards became the second wife of Capt. 
Benjamin Crimball of North Hampton, and died in that 
town. These were bom in Vermont. After the death of 
the father, the widow and family came back here. 

Jonathan, son of Capt. Samuel and Elizabeth Nay, set- 
tled in Georgia, Vermont. Children : Polly, Betsy, Samad 
and Amasa. His wife died, and he came back here. The 
children are all dead except Samuel , who lately moved from 
the Nay road to the village. Jonathan Nay married, as sec 
ond wife, Miss Wason. Children : Jonathan, died young ; 
Jane, married Mr. Pickering, lives in Needham, Mass., and 

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Thomas, who went to the South. Jonathan Nay died Jan. 
14, 1843, aged 72. 

Samuel Nay, of this last family, has been named as living 
here. He married Miss Chase in Massachusetts. Two chil- 
dren. Samuel C, living in New York, was a soldier in the 
late war. Anna A. was a school teacher, but died, in youth, 
loveliness, beauty and goodness. May 25, 1872, 


The first of the name in this country was Edward, who 
came to Salemj Mass., and then to Boston in 1639. ^^^ 
name was in Epping early, and continues to the present. It 
was here about 100 years, but became extinct, in the male 
line, with the death of James Norris in- 1865. All that have 
been here were of one family. 

Daniel Norris came here, from about half a mile west of 
Epping Corner. He was born Nov. 22, 1744. 

Mary Lane was born in Hampton, Sept. 16, 1748. They 
were married Jan. 8, 1767. Children : 

1. Daniel, b. Sept. 30, 1767, married Lucy Perkins, and 
settled in Center Harbor. 

2. Joshua, b. Feb. 23, 1769, married Abigail Fogg, 
daughter of Maj. Josiah Fogg, settled in Center Harbor, 
and died Dec. 2, 1853. • 

3. James, b. April 10, 1771, married Martha Osgood, 
who died April 10, 1824 ; married, second, Martha Guy, 
lived on the home place, was a farmer, carpenter, mason, 

. and ingenious in many other things. His last years were 
passed at the village, where he died Jan. 17, 1865. 

4. John, b. July 18, 1773, married, first, Mary Moulton; 
was married a second time, lived at the place of the heirs 
of Gen. Henry Tucker, and last in Dover, where he 

5. Stephen, b. Feb. 6, 1775, died April 2, 1775. 

6. Molly, later called Mary, b. March 2, 1777, married 

David Lane. Maij. J. Ambrose L^oe and Dea. D. N. L.ane 
e their sons. She died Ju!y 8, 1856. 

.7. Ruth, b. Nov. 22, 1778, married Uenry Sanborn, of 
Epping. ' She lived only a few years after. 

6. Stephen, b. Feb. 20, I78i.-died March 15, 1815. 

9. Lydia, b. Au^. 23, 1783, married Jonathan Brown, 
and lived'in Meredith. 

^^10. Sarah, b. Jan. 19, 1786, married Samuel Gove of 
Nottingham, a very industrious farmer. A son, Jonathan 
Gove, lives on the homestead. 

James Norris, son of the above, and Martha Osgood were 
married Nov. 12, 1794- Children: 

1. Mary, b. March 6, 1796. She was a teacher is com- 
nwo schools many years, married Thomas Wason, lived in . 
Exeter, Hampton, and last at Raymond village. She died 
Aug. 17, 1869. 

2. Jane, b. June 17, 1798, married Capt. SherbumGove, 
settled in Northwood, then on the Norris homestead in tlus 
tcwn. Mr. Gove was an excellent farmer, a good citizen, 
and died Oct. 25, 1874, aged 79. Their chDdrea are Sam- 
uel B., Mrs. Dr. Parsons, of Rye, James F. and George S. 

3. Hannah, b. func 10, 1801, married, first, Samuel 
Shepard of Epping, second, L. Brown ; third. Gardner 
Tilton. George N. Sbepard, of West Epping, is her son^ 
He has been Representative of Epping, and was an officer 
in the late war. 

4. Daniel L., b. Aug. 7, 1805, married Sophia A., 
daughter of Stephen Osgood, Esq., was in trade in a store, 
at the comer, east of Benjamin Cram's, moved to Dover, 
had a commission store, auction store, and finally was news- 
man, and was engaged in other business. David Xane*s 
wife is a daughter. Daniel died in Dover. 

5. Timothy O., b. Aug. 14, 1812, graduated at Dart- 
mouth College, and an account of him is given in the list o£ 
college graduates. 



The old story, *Hhree brothers from England/* is true as 
to the ancestors of all, or nearly all of the somewhat numer- 
ous family of Osgoods, in America. Their native place, 
probably, was Andovcr, England, as it is certain John, one 
of them, was born there. Codings History of Newbury, 
page 313, is our authority for this. According to Farmer, 
the first who came to this country was Christopher, who set- 
tled in Ipswich, Mass., in 1635. John, bom in Andover, 
England, July 23, 1595, came also to Ipswich ; the year is 
not given, but he was Representative of tliat town in 1639, 
we think the first the town ever chose. He moved to An- 
dover in 1645, where he died in 165 1. 

The youngest of the three brothers was William, with 
whom we have most to do, as he was the ancestor of those 
who lived in Raymond and other towns in this part of the 
State. He was born in 1609, came over in 1638, or a little 
before. Just at that time the town of Salisbury was granted, 
being then a wilderness. He was on,e of the proprietors, 
and was .there as early as 1640, being then in the prime of 
life, 31 years of age. 

One of the first requisites of a new place is a saw-mill. 
Mr. Osgood was the man for this business, being a mill- 
wright. He was a carpenter also, and built and owned the 
first saw-mill on the Powow River, where are now the 
Salisbury factories at Salisbury and Amesbury village. He 
died in that place in 1700, aged about 91. 

The Osgoods in this section were in the line of descent 
through his son John, born in 1648. He died at the age of 
35, leaving a son William, born m 1673, who lived to the 
age of 79. lie had a son Timothy, born in 1694, died i73i» 
Timothy had a son Chase, born in Salisbury in 1729. He 
struck for the frontier, as it then was, moving to Epping, 
N. II., between 1753 and '57. Probably he lived north of 
what is now West Epping village, as some of his children, 

264 Tm msTORT 

who came to this town, were from that part of Epping. He 
afterwards moved to Loudon, where he died in 1817, aged 
about 88. 

This Chase Osgood had sons who came to Raymond, and 
were men of enterprise, so this family will be noticed more 

Chase Osgood was married, first, to Martha Tucker, sec- 
ond, to Shuah Eastman ; third, to Phebe Stevens. He had a 
family of twenty children, fifteen of whom lived to mature 
age, and fourteen had families : 

1. Timothy, b. in I752,in Salisbury, came to Epping with 
his parents, when young, afterwards to Raymond, and lived 
opposite the Gove school-house. His wife was Jane 
Dearborn, of Hampton, daughter of Henry, a distant rela- 
tive of Gen. Henry Dearborn. She had sisters named 
Margaret and Love, hence these names given to two of her 
daughters, Mrs. Brown of Northwood and Mrs. Levi Page 
of Raymood. Mrs Page's aame, however, was Lovey, 

'niDOthy Osgood waa a farmer and shoe-maker, a man of 
much energy, a hard worker, and a member of the Congre- 
gational church, as was also his wife. He died April 27, 

2. James, b. in 1753, in Salisbury. 

3. Ebenezer, b. in 1757, in Epping, ns were all of the 
children that follow. An account of him has been given 
in the Chapter on Biography. That of his children frill be 
found a little farther along. 

4. Enoch, b. 1757. 

5. John, b. 1762. See account of him in the Chapter on 
Biography. His children farther on. 

6. Chase, b. 1767. 

7. Samuel, b. 1768. 

8. Martha, b. 1769, married Daniel Robie, lived where 
the writer does, died Nov. 25, 1848. 

9. Shuah, b. 1771, married Captain Joseph Blake, of Ep- 
ping, died Jan., 1851. 


10. Aflfia, b. 1774, married Sherburn Blake, Esq., lived 
in this town and in Exeter, died March 7, 1859. 

11. Sarah, b. 1778. 

12. Hannah, b. 1781, married Jona. Edgerly, died Feb. 
18, 1871. 

13. Olive, b. 1784. 

14. Edward, b. 1785. 

This is a long list, but there were six others, making 
twenty, as above indicated. We have no account of them ; 
probably most, or all, died quite young. 

Ca'pt. Timothy Osgood, son of the foregoing, and Jane, 
his wife, had children as follows : 

Tlio dale of the births of these can not be found, so far 
as search has been made. 

1. Chase, married Elizabeth Cram, lived where Geo. A. 
Wendell does, and died Oct. 27, 1824. Two daughters live 
in town, Mrs. John Smith and Widow Welch. Ebenezer, 
Timothy, Chase and David are dead. Thurston lives in 

2. Martha, married James Norris, died April 10, 1824. 

3. Molly, married Colonel Ebenezer Cram, as his second 
wife, and died Aug. 13, 1866. 

4. Sarah, married John Wason, of Candia. 

5. Mehitable, married Levi Cass, of Epsom. 

6. Jane, married Colonel Ebenezer Cram. She was his 
first wile, and the mother of Philbrick Cram, now of Bar- 
nard, Vt. She died March 3, 181 1. 

7. Lovey, married Levi Page, and died July 20, 1864. 
Children named in the Page family. 

8. Henry, married, first, Sarah Locke, sister of John 
Locke, late of this town, second, Caroline Veazey. He 
lived on the homestead, then in Lowell, and died in Califor- 

9. Betsy, married Josiah Basford, of Chester. Mrs. Moses 
L. Lovering and Mrs. Hiram Pollard are daughters, also 
Mrs. Marden of Chester. 


10. Lydia, married James Fogg of Deerfieldt now in 
town, a widow. 

11, Margaret, married Michael Brown, March to, 1821, 
and settled in Northwood, where she now lives, a widow. 

Ebenezer Osgood, Esq., brother of the preceding, mar- 
ried Mary Fogg., daughter of Enoch Fogg, about 1782, and 
settled in Raymond, near where Oilman Folsom lives. Chil- 
dren : 

1. Enoch, b. 1783, married Elsey Simpson, of Notting- 
ham, was a farmer and joiner. His wife died, he went 
from town, married again, lived in the country, then in Dan- 
ville, last back to town, and died at Simon Page's, March 
10, 1857. 

2. James, b. 1785, married Sally Bach'elder of Loudon, 
lived there, was a farmer and wheelwright, died in nallow- 
ell) Me., 1863, and was buried in L.oudon. 

Ebenezer Osgood's second marriage was to Anna FuIloD- 
ton, by Rev. Josiah Stearns of Epping. 

3. Bradley, b. 1788, married Mehitable Wood of Boxford, 
Mass., was a blacksmith, hved last in Dover. 

^. Polly, b. 1792, married Gideon Ladd, lived mostly in 

5. Ira, b. 1799, married Sarah B. Parsons, of Giimanton, 
taught school much, settled on the homestead at Ijoudon 
Center, where he still resides. Representative 1835, '36, 
Road Commissioner for Merimack County 1853, '54, Post- 
master Irom 1825 to 1865, Justice of the Peace from 1836 
down. For years he has been collecting genealogies of the 
Osgood family in America. From him aid has been hud in 
what is given here of the Osgoods. We hope his work will 
be published. It will be useful to all of the name, at least, 
and a monument of his industry and research. 

6. Lamila, b, 1801, married J. Kenny, died in Haverhill, 
Mass. She was born in Raymond. 

7. Nancy, b. 1806, in Loudon, to which place the ramtly 
had moved, married Pariah Badger. 


8. Ebenezer, b. 1807, married Eleanor Burrows of Leb- 
anon, Me., lives in Milton, is a blacksmith, and wad Repre- 
sentative of Milton in 185 1, '52. 

Enoch Osgood, brother of Captain Timothy and Ebene- 
zer, Esq., married Polly Fogg, had ten children, eight of 
whom were born here. In 1798, he moved -to Loudon. 

Of John Osgood, another brother, a sufficiently full 
account is given in the Chapter on Biography. He married 
Susanna Prescott, daughter of Stephen, who lived where 
Geo. S. Robie does, and went there to live. Children : 

I. Stephen, b. 1785, married Polly Morrill, and lived with 
his grandfather Prescptt, where George S- Robie does. He 
was a man of great business enterprise, followed farming, 
made plows, for a time, was in the carriage manufacture,' 
had a blacksmith shop, and in various ways put much in mo- 
tion. Perhaps in no neighborhood in town was there so 
much business activity, caused by one. man, as in this. He 
died Aug, 19, 1852. His widow died at her daughter's!* 
Mrs. Mcserve, in Hampton. 

' 2. Betsy, b. 1786, married, first, Eliphalet Morrill, second, 
Rev. Samuel B. Dyer, then of Loudoti, afterwards pastor of 
the Free Baptist church in Deerfield, where he died^ Nov. 
19, 1846. 

3. Susan, b. 179S, married Timothy Tilton, of Carmel, 

4. Lucinda, b. 1799, marriedjohn Avery, of Wolf borough. 

5. John, b. 1802, died young. 

6. Cyrene, b. 1806, married George W. Chamberlain, 
of Maine. ^ 

7. Johuj b. 1810, lived in Dover, died in i860. 

Only the genealogy of those in this large family of chil- 
« dren, can be given, who lived in this section, or not very 
far away» and so we pass to some of the sisters. 

Martha Osgood married Daniel Robie, son of the first 
Daniel in town. The issue will be found in the account of 
the Robie family. 


Hannah Osgood, sister to the foregoing, married Jona- 
than Edgerly. After marriage, for a time he drove a stage, 
and her home was in Loutlon. They lived mostly in Kp- 
ping, where he died. She died in this town, Feb. i8, 1871. 
Children : 

1. Sally, b. 1800, in Loudon. She married Thomas PoU 
Bom, and settled in this town, where she is still living. 

2. Eliza was bom in Epping, married lliram Osgood, a 
lawyer, lived in Epping, moved to Michigan, where, her 
husband dying, she married again. She died in that State. 

3. Harriet, has lived principally in Epping and this town, 
working in families that need help, and thus making herself 

4. Calvin O., a painter, lived in Dover, andCbarlestown, 
Mass., where he died. 

5. Chase went West, lived in Grand Rapids, Micliigan, 
where he died. Eliza, first wife of Irvin Folsom, was a 
daughter. Charles II. Edgerly and Arthur, in town, are 

6. Olive O., married J. B. Eaton, lived at Great Falls, 
Berwick side of the river, afterwards in Epping. He hav- 
ing died, she lived as housekeeper for Doctor N. Bachel- 
der, in Epping, where she died suddenly, Nov. 7, 1865. 


Robert Page, of Ormsby, Norfolk County, England, and 
Margaret his wife had five children. Robert, the oldest, 
was .bom in 1604. At the age of 33, he emigrated to this 
, country. This was in 1687. He came to Salem, Mass., 
and, the next year, came wilh the first settlers to Hampton. 
He lived just below where the Town Hall now stands. He 
became a man of good influence in the new town. When 
the town first chose Selectmen, he was one of them, and 
served in all seven years. He was elected to the Provinoal ■ 
Assembly two years, was a deacon in the CongregatkMial 


church ; paid the highest tax in town in 1659, ^^^^^ ^^^ ^^^^ 
saw-mill, and was employed to construct a parsonage for 
the society. It is no reproach to him to say he could not 
write, but signed his name by his mark. His wife, Lucy, 
died Nov. 12, 1665. He died Sept. 22, 1679, aged 75. He 
had several children, some of them born in England. Fran- 
cis,* a son, was deacon of the churcli in Hampton. The 
Pages in Raymond were in a direct line of descent from 
Deacon Robert, through his son Thomas, who had a son 
Christopher, who had a son David. This David settled in 
North Hampton, in a neighborhood now called Pagetown. 
He had n son Robert, who, at the age of 23, came to this 
town, and built opposite to where his great-grandson, Si- 
mon Page, lives. Ue married Sarah Dearborn. She was of 
the fifth generation from Godfrey Dearborn, the patriarch of 
the Dearborn family in America. Her father was Simon 
Dearborn, born, it is believed, in a garrison at North Hamp- 
ton, near where the meeting-house now stands. Sarah was 
one of twelve children. The youngest was General Henry 
Dearborn, educated as a physician, had fame as an officer in 
the war of the Revolution, and in the war of 181 2. He was 
a member of ] 'resident Jefferson's Cabinet, and held other 
important offices. 

Robert Page was one of the Selectmen early in the town 
histor}% and a good citizen. His record is thus : 

Robert Page, b. April i, 1732, died Dec. 31, 1816. Sarah 
Dearborn, b. Dec. 25, 1735, married 1755, and died Jan. 12, 
1 83 1. Children: 

1. Ruth, b. Aug. 25, 1756, lived in the home family, and 
died, Jan. 29, 1832. 

2. Sarah, b. Dec. 3, 1758, married Jonathan Dearborn. 
She died Dec. 23, 1829. A son Henry is living in Maine. 

3. Simon, b. Jan. 12, 1762, married Abigail Dearborn, 
afterwards Miss Gale. He lived on the home place, and died 
Sept. 13, 1850. 

4. David, b. Jan. 20, 1764, died young. 


5. Mary, died young. 

6. Mary, b. May 31, 17^8, manied Mr. HjII, of Chester. 

7. David, b. July 17, 1774, married Rachel Fullonton, 
lived first where )fr. Floyd docs, on the Page road, then 
where his son, the late H. D. Page, lived. lie was a farm- 
er, but did something as a carpenter and as a wheelwright. 
He was a man of some reading, Brni and well established 
in good principles, after having embraced them. He died 
Oct. 20, 1867. ^ 

Simon Page, son of Robert, by Abigail, his tirst wife, had 
children as follows : 

I. Naomi, married Benjamin Bean. Their children are 
named in the genealogy of the Bean family. Died March 
II, 1870. 

3. Levi, married L,ovey Osgood, lived on the home place. 
The children were, — Samuel, died away from town ; Mrs. 
Dearborn Knowles, of Chester; Robert; Simon on the 
home farm ; Timothy O., whose home is the Fogg place, he 
being an en^neer on the railroad from Boston to Lawrence ; 
Mrs. Horace Brown and Mrs James F. Gove. One or 
more died young. 

3. Abigail, married Ezekiel Lane. She is living, and is 
the mother of Dudley l^ne, Mrs. John Mnrden, and die 
late Henry D. Lane. . 

4. John, married Joanna Nay. He lived where Mr. 
Floyd does. Died April i, 1842, aged 50. 

5. Robert, died young. 

6. Betsy, died young. 

7. Ruth, married John Lane, of Chester ; isstill living. Not 
having dates, these children may not be in the exact ordtx 
as to birth. 

David Page, son of Robert, and Rachel Fullontoa were 
married Nov. 13, 1800. Children; 

I. Jeremiah P., b. Oct 24, 1801. He was a good scholar, 
became qualified for teaching, taught many years, and fi> 
nally setUed in Pembroke. He married, first, Sophia Rent- 

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ick, of Chester, second, S. G. Buzzell, of Pembroke. He 
died Nov., 1872. 

2. Betsy D., b. May 22, 1803, married John Scribner, 
Esq., lives in town. 

3. Rachel F., b. Oct. 27, 1805, married Asa Morrill, liv- 
ed in Pembroke. Two children died, also her husband, and , 
she now lives with her daughter, Mrs. Luther Hayes, in 

4. Horatio D., b. Oct. 15, i8o8,* married Shuah B. 
Emery, settled in town, then resided in Chester, Methuen, 
Mass., Dracutt, and then back to town, on the old home- 
stead. He was a. good citizen, and died April 13, 1871. 
Children living, — Mrs. Sabine, whose husband died here, 
Mrs. Olney T. Brown, Mrs. Charles E. Wason, and Forest 
E. Harriet died young. 

5. Jonathan F.,b. Nov. 11, 1811, married Jane O. Cram, 
lived in town ; his wife dying, he married Mrs. Lucella Di- 
mond, of Danville, and went there to reside. While here, he 
was a deacon in the Congregational church. Three chil- 
dren, by his first wife ; J. Stickney resides in Manchester, 
the others somewhere away. 

6. Lamile O., b. April 13, 1816, married D. Richardson, 
settled in Woburn, Mass., where she died. 

7. Sarah D., b. Aug. 18, 1818, married D. Richardson, 
and lives in Woburn, Mass. 


This is an ancient family. We can go back 800 years, 
and find the name in England. We have made an effort to 
find the connecting links of those in this town, with the old 
family in England. The evidence is that there are such 
connections, but labor and extensive research are requisite 
to find them. 

William, Duke of Normandy, landed in England in 1066, 
with 60,000 men, fought the battle of Hastings, Oct. 19, was 


victorious, was called afterwards the *' Conquerar," and 
the period was called the " Conquest." lie reigned, as 
king, 21 years. 

Tlie Poors came with him, and had lands in Wiltshire. 
The name came, as was sometimes the case in early times, 
from something in the features, manners, or form of the 
person. The testimony is, that the name was early given 
from the gaunt, sinewy, long appearance of the race. 
Some say, it was because of their poverty. It is said that, 
in tlie old country, the family passed in to the more etocky, 
English shape. 

There was a Daniel Poor, born in England in 1628, who 
came to Andover, Mass-, and died in 1713. He had a son 
Daniel, who had a son Thomas, and he was the father of 
Gen. Enorh Poor, of the Revolutionary army. Gen. Poor 
died during the war, and Gen. Washington was at hid funer- 
al. A daughter of Gen. Poor, Mary, married Rev. Jacob 
Cram, who died in Exeter. Patty, another daughter, mar- 
ried Col. Bradbury Cilley, of Nottingham, and Harriet, also 
a daughter of Gen. Poor, married Maj. Jacob Cilley, of 
Nottingham. Harriet Poor Cilley, granddaughter of this 
last couple, was the first wife of Wm. B. Blake, Esq. 

From what part of England, Daniel Poor, the first at An- 
dover, came, can not be stated, nor whether he was a con- 
nection of the Poors in Wiltshire, to which we will now re- 

Herbert and Richard Poor, brothers, were bishops. In 
1199, 133 years after the family came to England, John be- 
came king jjiisliop Herbert Poor a»sistcil at tliu coronation. 
John proved a weak prince, but passionate and tyrannical. 
And in 12 15, Bishop Richard Poor helped wrest from that 
unworthy monarch, the Magna Charta, or the Great Char- 
ter of Liberties. 

Newbury, embracing what is now Newburyport and West 
Newbuiy, was settled in 1635. One of tlie settlers, that 
year, was John Poore, there being an e at the end of his 

t/oL4/)^^<-i,-i.oi-*^ Uo-v^ 


name. There have been persons of the name there ever 
since, apd likely descendants. 

This John came from Wiltshire in England, where we 
have found the first of the name in that country, 569 years 
before. He had 14 children, and died in 1684. Samuel 
Poore, supposed to be a brother of John, had 9 children, 
and died in 1683. Benjamin Poore, son of Samuel, mar- 
ried widow Mary Hardy, and their children were Sarah and 
Ann. Samuel Poore, another son of Samuel, married 
Rachel Bailey. Children : Rebecca, Samuel, Judith, Sa- 
rah, Eleanor, and, the first Rebecca having died, another 
bore her name. 

One branch of the Poor family lived at Indian Hill, in 
Newbury, and from that neighborhood came the first to this 
town, and settled in the Branch district. 

Ebenezer Poor, son of Samuel, was born in Newbury, 
March 2, 1752, and died in Raymond, Feb. 16, 1819. 

Sarah Brown, his wife, b. Nov. 29, 1757, died Jan. 8, 
1852. Children : 

1. Mary, b. March 2, 1777, married John Prescott, and 
settled in Chester. 

2. Nathan, b. May 26, 1780, married Susan Wilson, liv- 
ed in diflferent places, and died in the old Robie house, 
standing where the author of this book now resides. One 
of his sons was Cyrus E., killed in the late civil war. 

3. Sally, b. Nov. 21, 1782, married E. Thatcher. 

4. Ebenezer, b. July 17, 1785, married Dolly Sanborn, 
and settled in Fremont. 

5. Rebecca, b. July 17, 1789, married Moses Stuart of 
Kingston, and went to Maine ; now living. 

6. Ruth, b. Feb. 26, 1792, married Reuben Whittier, 
went to New York, finally to Wisconsin. 

7. Benjamin, b. Sept. 24, 1795. 

8. Dennis, b. March 4, 1798, married Polly Lovering, 
lived in Exeter near<*Great Hill," and died June 10, 1834. 

Bbnjamin Poor, Esc^, was the seventh of the children of 

fT4 n 

Bb e o cM r Poor, jtnt fttaed. His portrait accompanies this. 
Ififliuuiieis6«qtiei^&Niiidia this book, ia conneciioo with 
dte vmripns offices be baa bdd* — Selectman, Representative 
in the LcgUatore, Jmtioe of the Pence, and Road Com- 
ndaiSoacr. He wa» bora on tlie homestead of his father, 
and Ihere has fived to tbe prewnt. He has a good consti- 
tntioiif and lua looks, asm.tfae picture, indicate one of only 
aome aiztf-fircor aevaitf yean of age. The vigorous coosti- 
tlltioa was nibcrited from bis parents, especially his mother, 
■who, m a someiriist greco old age, departed, after having^ 
lived 94 years, as will be found farther on in this work. 

It is stated in the Introdaction of this hook, that it has 
been die labori^ many years. It is now fitting to say, the 
coaunencement was in the q>ring of 1S47, twenty-eight 
jean ago, aldumgb but litde was done for many years, after 
a beginning was made. Comttig to the home of onr child- 
hood,' disabled by the almost total loss of voice, and being 
told tfiat silence was imperative, the question was, how 
time should be employed to some good purpose. A voice 
within, as Quakers term it, was, "Write, Joseph. write." The 
purpose was immediately formed, to write the history of this 
much beloved town. We began by seeking informatioa 
from a class of aged persons, then living. Much was ob- 
tained, which, had it not been secured then, would have 
been lost forever; and Mrs. Sarah Poor, mother of Benja- 
min, was the first person of whom information was sought. 

This lady was, before marriage. Miss Sarah Brown, of 
Poplin, now Fremont, and daughter of Captain Nathan 
Brown, who was in the war of the Revolution. 

Esq. Poor is a farmer, and farming has been his occu- 
pation through life. It is an important avocation, a business 
that lies at the foundation of most others. The exercise is 
healthful, the profits, although often small, are sure, and 
what is obtained by labor and honest industry is enjoyed. 
The bread of idleness is not good, but that gained by " the 
sweat of the face," even, is the best that can be had. These 

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things are spoken of because applicable to this case» 
Esq. Poor having been long one of the substantial farmers 
of the town, and satisfied with his calling. 

'* Of all pusiiits by man invented. 
The farmer is the best contented.** 

Mr. Poor married Miss Alice Moore of Chester, daughter 
of Lieutenant William, who lived near where Daniel San- 
born now does. Children : 

1. Sarah J., b. April 23, 1818, married Mr. Moar, lives 
in Lowell. 

2. Rufus, b. Aug. 9, 1820. He came forth as a flower. 
We knew him as one of our school-boys, in the Brown dis- 
trict, in 1833. He died May 29, 1846. 

3. Melinda K. 

4. George S. 

The two last mentioned reside at home, and help make 
the circle there. George married Miss Nancy M. Stevens of 

Samuel Poor, son of Samuel, brother of Ebenezer, 
married Lydia SNvain, daughter of Jonathan Swain, Esq. 
He lived where his grandson, Asa K., does, and died Dec. 
9, 1828. Children : 

1. Nancy, b. Jan. 13, 1775, died March 21, 1778. 

2. Lydia, b. Aug. 31, 1778, died Oct. 21, 1778. 

3. Nancy, b. Jan. 21, 1780, married Wm. Gilman Gor- 
don. She was the third wile, and Horace Gordon, formerly 
of this town, now in Manchester, was a son by this mar. 

4. Lydia, b. July 9, 1782, married Mr. J. Whittier,settled 
in Canlcrbury, afterward moved to Ogden, N. Y. To show 
the labor of a removal in earlier times, it may be stated, 
that they were eighteen days on the way, with a four-ox 

5. Samuel, b. Aug. 3, 1785, settled on the home place. 
Fuller notice hereafter. 


6. Judith, b. July JO, 1789, married Ezekiel Norris of 
Fremont, died in Metliiieti, Mass., and was bnried here. 

Samuel Poor, the fifth of the children of the foregoing 
Samuel, followed his father on the homestead, was mnrncd 
to Sarah True, of Chester, April 9, 1808, by Rev. William 
Stevens, a local Methodist preacher. He was a farmer, 
■ calmly, industriously and quietly attending to his aflairs. 
lie was repeatedly chosen one of the Selectmen, antl was 
Representative two years. His wife died Sept. 30, 1859, 
and he died May 21, 1868. Children : 

1. John Lindsej;, b. Jan. 9, 1809, married Sophia Shan- 
non, of Candta, settled at the Branch, but came to the vil- 
lage a few years ago. Charles, a son, lives in town, is Town 
Glerk. Osborn J. died here, Sept. 2, 1871. Twoothers live 

2. Almira, b. Nov. 9, 1811, married, first, Edmund Whit- 
tier, second, Mr. Robinson, and settled in Western New 
York. She still lives there, having recently married aj 
third husband. Her children were by her first husband, ao^l 
will be named in the Whittier family. 

3. Judith T., b. May 21, 1814, married Jonathan Currier, 
of Candia. lie died, and she returned here. 

4. Asa K., b. March 24, 1818, married Betsy Towle, lives 
on the home place, is a farmer and mcclianic. Children, — 
Kufus H., Mrs. True and a son younger. 

5. Samuel, b. Aug. 5, 1820, married Miss Elizabeth Mur- 
ray, of Auburn, was a merchant in East Kingston, returned 
here, was in trade in the village, also salesman in Blake'a 
store, served as Moderator and Town Clerk ; went to Man- 
chester, where he is now in trade. He married, second. 
Miss Augusta Brown, of Candia. 

6 Wesley, b. Aug. 31 . 1829, married Lydia Richardson, 
sWied at the Branch, afterwards in the village, has been 
one of the Selectmen, Moderator of town meeting, is a me- 
chanic, and has two children, the oldest of whom is the wife 
of John D. Fullonton. 



Of this family, we will first notice James Prescott, of Stand- 
ish, England, who was ordered by Queen Elizabeth to 
have charge of the horses and armor belonging, we sup- 
pose, to the royal family. This was in 1564. A son of one 
of his sons had a son James, who emigrated to this country 
and settled in that part of Hampton now called Hampton 
Falls, in 1665. Three years later, he married Mary Boulter, 
a native of Exeter, became a member of the Congregation- 
al church, was an industrious farmer, and a man of in- 
flucnce. In 1694, Kingston being granted, he was named 
as one of the proprietors, and became an extensive land- 
holder there. In 1725, he moved to Kingston, and transfer- 
red his church relations to the Congregational church in 
that place, organized that year. He died, Nov. 25, 1728, 
aged about 85. His widow died, Oct. 4, 1735, aged 87. 

This James Prescott had nine children, two of whom were 
twins. Of his children, we shall notice only James, who 
was born in what is now Hampton Falls, Sept. 21, 1671. 
He married, first, Maria Marston, second, Abigail Sanborn ; 
was a Sergeant in the Militia, an office of considerable hon- 
or then, Constable of the town one year, and a deacon in 
the Congregational church. We have not the date of his 
death. He had eight children. 

The next, we note, was of the third generation. Elisha, 
son of this last James, was born in Hampton Falls, March 
18, 1699. He married Phebe Sanborn, was a farmer, and 
had thirteen children, ten of whom died young. He died 
Dec. 10, 1781, aged 81 • His widow died in 1788, aged 85. 

FouKTJi GicNJCHATioN. Wc havc stated that ten of the 
children of Elisha Prescott died young. The others were 
the following : 

1. James, b. Oct. 3, 1736, lived at Hampton Falls, and 
was a deacon in the Congregational church. 

2. Stephen, b. Feb. 22, 174I9 married Elizabeth Healey, 

settled in Raymond, where George S. Robie now lives. He 
had two children. Susanna married John Osgood, father of 
the late Stephen Oagood. Phtrbe married David Thrasher, 
lived in Raymond and then in Candia. This Stephen Pres- 
cott died June 2, 1828, aged 87. His wife died before he did. 

3. Ebenezer, married Phebe Eastman, and settled in R.ay- 
mond, on the Page road, on the farm long occupied by his 
son, Eliijha Prescott, and followed by the sons of the latter, 
Ebenezer and Josiah C. Mr. Prescott was a deacon of the 
Congregational church in Raymond, and died in 1800. 

Fifth Generation. Children of Ebenezer and Phebe 
Prescott, of Raymond. 

1. Ebenezer, b. Feb. 9, 1773, married Mary Tucke and 
lived where David Pecker, who married Mary S., his 
daughter, now lives. He moved to Monmouth, Me., where 
he died. May 16, 1844. 

2. Phebe, married Israel Sawyer, and lived in Deerfield. 

3. Elisha, b, Aug. 9, 1777, lived on the home place, was 
a good farmer, a good citizen, and died, Nov, 20, 1874, 

4. Jedediah B., b. in 1784, became a preacher ia the 
Christian denomination, lived in Monmouth, Me., where he 
died in 1861. 

5. Tristram, b. in 1793. and lived in Monmouth, Me. 
Sixth Gbnbration. Ebenezer Prescott, son of Deaam 

Ebenezer had seven children. The first died yaun|r. 
Ebenezer Hverl in Monmouth, Me., Samuel in Charlestown, 
Mass. ; Mary S. married David Pecker, and lives in town. 
Mr. Pecker has held several offices, and was the first depot- 
master at the Raymond station. Fanny S. married Tim- 
othy Fogg, and went to Maine. Lydia W. and Clarissa £. 
live in Maine. 

Phebe Prescott and Israel Sawyer, of Deerfield, had nine 

Elisha Prescott, son of Deacon Ebenezer, married Mary 
Chase, of Epping. Children ; 

I. Ebenezer, b. i8oz, married Eleanor Fogg, settled at 

OF &ATMOND. £79 

the south part of the Page road» is a farmer, has been one 
of the Selectmen. Children, — Ann Maria, a school teach- 
er, now the wife of Samuel G. Fogg, of Readfield, Me. ; 
Dorothy E,, died Oct i6, 1856; Mary R. ; Chase E. died 
May 29, 1846 ; George C. ; Sarah E. ; Joseph E. 

2. JosiahC, b. i8o6j married Margaret D. Leach, is a 
working farmer. Children, — Emma B., died March i, 1872 ; 
Lizzie L. 

3. Sarah, b. 1810, died Aug. 25, 1848. 

Rev. Jedediah B. Prescott, who lived in Monmouth, Me., 
had six children by his second wife. 

Tristram Prescott also lived in Monmouth, Me., married 
Rosanna Orcutt, and had one child. 

John Prescott, wlio formerly lived in town, was a son of 
Elisha, who lived in Epping, and was of another branch 
of the large Prescott family. 

John Prescott came to town, a youngster, and lived in the 
family of Levi Swain. He evinced good mechanical 
genius. Wc do not know what advantages he had, in this 
respect, but after arriving to manhood, he was a wheel- 
wright, and constructed cider mills, &c. He married Betsy 
D. Bean, sister of the late Captain Benjamin Bean, and 
lived where John D. Brown now does. There was a card- 
ing mill at Freetown mills then, and he operated that in 
carding wool. ^ It is a tradition, likely correct, that he, in 
connection with another person, built the first wagon ever 
made in town, in the building now occupied by Capt. Levi 
Brown. That wa% about the year 1814. 

Mr. Prescott's wife died, and he married Betsy Bean, of 
Candia. She was daughter of Nathan, and sister of Wid 
ow Mary Dudley in the west part, also of the Widow Olive 
Dudley, who recently died in town. 

Mr. Prescott next lived on the Langford road, in the house 
lately occupied by John Willard. He moved to Gilmanton, 
then to Candia, where he died March 9, 1862. He had one 
child by his first wife ; by second wife the following : 

1. John, b. May 27, 1815, lived on the home place, mar- 
ried Mary A. Critchet, was a farmer, Colonel in the ^(ilitin. 
Representative in the Legislature, and died. Dec, 1866. 
The only child, a son, lives in Raymond village, 

2. Betsy, b. April 24, 1822. married David M. BacUel- 
der, lived in the Dudley district, in Candia, in other places, 
now in Haverhill, Mass. 

3 Martha A., b. March 23, 1825, married Moses D. 
Tucker, lives in Boston. These were born in Raymond. 

4. Nathan B.,b. Aug. 15, 1827, in Gilmantoa, taught 
school, and has long been engaged in the ice business. He 
resides at Jamaica Plain, Mass. 

5. Lucinda T., b. Nov 29, 1829, in Gilmanton, is a 
teacher in Ohio. 


The first in this country v^as E^enry, whose name vras 
spelt Roby. He was at Exeter about the time of the first 
settlements, in 1638, was one of the Selectmen in 1650, 
soonremoved to Hampton,' was Justice of the Peace, and 
prominent in public affairs. lie was a member of the Con- 
gregational church, in Hampton, but there were some 
clouds that darkened his fame in the evening of his Hie. He 
died in 1688. His children were Thomas, ^Samuel, Idia- 
bod, Judith, John, Ruth and Mary. The last married Sam- 
uel Folsom, probably of Exeter. 

The progenitor of the Robies in Raymond, was John, €^ 
Haverhill, Mass. Whether he was a descendant of the 
above Henry, is not known. The presumptive evidence is 
that be was. Some of John's posterit}' lived afterward ia 
that part of Hampton now Hampton Falls. Then the 
names Henry, John, etc., found in the family of Henry, are 
found in that of John. 

John Robie was in Haverhill as early as 1667. In 1691, 
he was killed by the Indians. Ichabod, his son, was taken 


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captive, but escaped, returned, and settled at Hampton 
Falls. By trade,. he was a tanner. When Chester was set- 
tled, he had a lot there, and lived there some. He died 
about 1753. Children, — John, Henry and Samuel. In the 
line of Samuel are three brothers in the ministry. One of 
them, Thomas S., was candidate here, a(\cr the death of 
Rev. E. D. Chapman. 

Ichabod*s second son, Henry, lived in Hampton Falls, 
and married Abigail Butler, Oct. 9, 1734. Their oldest son 
was Daniel, born Jan. 9, 1735, who came to Raymond after 
1760, and settled on the spot where the writer resides. He 
died, April 27, 1795* and was buried in the field a little way 
south of George S. Robie's on the west side of the road. 
On a common flat stone, at the head of the grave, is the 
following inscription. We preserve the spelling, the only 
specimen of the sort we have seen in town. There are 
many in New England, which is not strange, as in early 
times education was limited. 




VERS 1795 AG 57 YRS 

AP 27 

The date of his birth is given as we find it, but probably 
that is wrong, as by that his age would have been 60. Chil- 
dren by Nancy, his wife : 

I. Henry, married Sarah Bean, and lived near where his 
son. Colonel Daniel Robie, did. He died Dec. 23, 184$, and 
his wife July 3, 1837. Children : 

Moses, b. April 15, 1787, lived where John D. Brown 


does, was a blacksmith, and, after 1830, moved from town, 

Jacob, b. April 3, 1789, went from town. 

Henrj', b. June 16, 1791, was a hard working farmer, and 
had a Colonel's Commission in the Militia. His wife was 
Susan Cram. They were marriwl June 21, 1827. TTie 
children living are George S. and Mrs. Charles B. Pettia- 
gill. Colonel Robie died Sepl. 19, 1871. Henry Robie and 
wife had two other sons, Benjamin and Dudley, also a 
daughter, Anna, who married Theophilus Gilman.of Brent- 
. wood, Dec. 10, 1821. Later, they moved to Sandwich. 
"While on a visit herft, she was taken sick, and died, Sept. 
16, 1837. 

2. Nathan, son of the first Daniel. We have no dates of 
the births of this family. He married Hannah, daughter 
^of Joseph Dudley, who lived at Griffin's mill. Chfl 

An infant, who died soon after birth. 

Benjamin died when about 13 years of age. 

Nancy, married Stephen Tucker, lived near where the 
late Barnard Tucker did, moved to Maine. 

Daniel, married, lived, it is said, in Danvers, Mass.. and 
was killed by the kick of a horse, about the year 1813, 
while in Ashbnmliam, Mass. 

Joseph settled at the corner, below Esq^ John Brown's. 
afterwards moved to Maine. 

Nathan lived in Auburn, and late in life in Kensington, 
where he died in Nov., 1872. Norris Lane, named for Dea. 
Lane here, is a son, living in Auburn. 

David and Hannah were twins. David became a preacher, 
and an account of him is given in the Chapter on Biography. 
Hannah married Daniel Ball, and lived in Auburn, where 
she died April 10, 1866, aged 6g. 

Thomas was bom in May, 1799. In the history of the 
Free Baptist church here, he is named as having been or- 
dained in 1831. He never took charge of a church as pas- 
tor, but for many years, while working as a farmer, sup- 



plied in various places as a preacher. He is still living. 
John W. L., near York's corner, is a son; there are also 

Nathan Robie, father of the foregoing family, died Dec. 
12, 1811. His widow died Aug. 16, 1834. 

3. Daniel, married Martha Osgood, and lived on the 
home farm. As he was of a sober, quiet disposition, some 
gave him the title of •• Deacon. " But he had the wisdom 
to keep on in the even tenor of his way,looking well to his in- 
dustrial pursuits, and was one of the good citizens of that 
generation. He died May 17, 1826, aged 55 years. His 
wile lived till Nov. 27, 1848. Children : 

1. Joseph, b. Feb. 14, 1795. On the 3d of Jan., 1821, he 
was married to Abigail Pecker, of Salisbury, Mass. He had 
built the house just east of Benjamin Cram's, lived there, 
and carried on the carriage making business. He moved 
to Readfield, Me., where he died. 

2. Nancy, b. May 26, 1796, became the second wife of 
Elijah Jones, of Epping. After his death, she returned 
here, lived with her nephew, John W. Robie, and died Oct. 
5. 1869. 

3. Daniel, b. Jan. 18, 1799, married, first, Deborah Lane. 
John W. Robie at the village is a son, by that marriage. 
IVfarried, second, Sarah Hook. Albert D. Robie of Penn- 
sylvania is a son, Mr. Robie lived just south of the house 
of his father, and died Jan. 28, 1848. 

4. Polly, b. Dec. 20, 1800, in after life called Mary, mar- 
ried Jesse Shepard, an active, energetic man, in the carriage 
making business. After a time, he moved to Barnstead, then 
back here. Children : Luther F., named with the college 
graduates, now in Lowell, one other son in Lowell, Alba J. » 
Mrs. Wallingford in Lowell, the first wife of Daniel 
Bacheldcr, and John D., who died here Dec. 3, 1850. 
Jesse Shepard died Oct. 14, 1850 ; his wife, Nov. 28, 1848. 

5. Shuah, b. Dec. 10, 1802, died at home, Aug. 2O9 


6. John, b. July 28, 1805, died Nov. i, 1827. 

7. Sally, b. March 17, 1808, died March 13, 1826. 

8. Olive, b. Dec. 4, 1810, died Sept. 6, 1842. 
Consumption did a fearful work in this family ; Daniel, 

John, Shuah, Sally, Olive, and perhaps Mrs. Shepard, 
also her son, John Dana Shepard, died of this disease. 


1. Samuel Scribner was the earliest ancestor of those in 
this place, of whom we have an account. He lived in Exe- 
ter, and was accidentally shot, while hunting in the woods. 

2. John, son of the above, settled in what is now Fre- 
mont. .Mention is made of four children : 

1. Samuel, who lived in Candia. 

2. Manoah, who lived in Raymond, on the farm now in 
possession of Mark and Charles W. Scribner. 

3. John, lived in Fremont, was in town office. Representa- 
tive, and Justice of the Peace. He died in 1853. 

4. Betsy, married Henry Smith, John Smith, of this 
town, w^s one of the children. She died in Auburn, and 
was buried here. 

Manoah Scribner was born Jan. 6, 1759, died Dec. 8, 
1818. He married, first, Anna Taylor, who died Feb. 14, 
1794; second, Sarah Fitts, who died Aug. 26, i84i. She 
was of Sandown, and of the fifth generation of Robert 
Fitts, the first emigrant of the name, and progenitor of the 
Fitts family in America, and one of the first settlers in Salis- 
bury, Mass. in 1640. Children : 

1. Mary, b. Jan. 23, 1789, married Thomas Critchet, of 
Candia, still living. 

2. Betsy, b. April 9, 1791, died on the home place, March 
24, 1865. 

3. Grace, b. Feb. 16, 1793, married Caleb Kimball, of 
Fremont, died March 24, 1840. George Kimball, of Dan- 
ville, and Abel, of Fremont are sons. 


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By second marriage : 

4. Anna, b. Oct. i6, 179S, died July 26, 1871. 

5. Daniel, b. Nov. 20, 1797, married Ann Langford, was 
Captain of the Militia, one of the Selectmen, and a delegate 
to the Constitutional Convention of 1850. Of their children, 
James G. died in the late war. Abbie is the wife of Doctor 
Brown of Chester, Lizzie the wife of D. L. Guernsey of 
Concord, Julia A. teacher in Boston, and Mark and Charles 
W. on the homestead. Also Martha a teacher living at 
home. Capt. Scribner died June 27, 1871. 

6. Sylva, b. Oct. 20, 17991 ni^rricd Levi Moulton. Chil- 
dren will be given in the genealogy of the Moulton family. 
She died July 19, 1853. 

7. John, b. July 25, 1802, married Betsy D. Page. He 
has been Selectman, Representative, and had a commission 
as Justice of the Peace. Children living, — J. Woodbury, 
named with the college graduates, and S. Grace, a teacher, 
and now the wife of Mr. Spencer of Ohio. One died. 

8. Abigail, b. April 26, 1804, died Jan. 16, 1829. 

The portrait of Abbie (Scribner) Brown appears here, 
and in such a case, a fuller notice is given. She was 
daughter of Captain Daniel and Ann (Langford) Scribner, 
and the journey of life commenced Feb. 11, 1840. The 
family homestead is nearly three miles south-westerly of the 
village. And on the way to the place, when getting within 
about a mile, all dwellings are left behind, andthe way was, 
till lately, through woods, till coming to ah opening beyond 
a gate, is the tillage land, meadows, and the buildings be. 
yond, still skirted by woodlands on the west. The place is 
basin-like ; the sun rises above hills, and sinks at night be- 
hind hills and towering pines. Scarcely a dwelling, if any, 
is in sight. The place is conveniently retired from the bustle 
of the busy world, is romantic and grand as to its scenery. 

Locality and outward surroundings may have a bearing in 
developing and iorming the characteristics of the mind, 
and strengthening its powers. Weems, in his life of Wash- 

t86 THB nmoiir 

ington, suggests that great fish are found in the largest 
oceansy and great men in great countries. Oar coanliy is 
great, our town is great as to its interests, and the Scrilnier 
homestead has such grand scenery that it is a good place in 
which to be bom. 

Plants will not grow without the sun. Sunlight and heat 
are indispensable to the opening of swelling buds and beau- 
tiful flowers. In like manner, knowledge is demanded by 
the mind. The infant, in its mother's arms, should have it ; 
and as soon as,with feeble steps, it walka out doors, held by 
a fond mother's hand, it should be told of the fields, the hills 
and woods around ; the sun, sky and stars above. Yonngt 
in his Night Thoughts, says, ** Extended views, a narrow 
mind extend.** Tell the young of things around them, and 
it will beget thought. Thought will lead to inquiiy. A 
small child was pointed to the wonders of the heavens above 
us, and at once asked, as represented, in substance, 

" Who made Uie ran to shine so far. 
The moon, and eveiy twinkling star?** 

At the Scribner home, besides variegated hills, valleys, 
woodlands and fields, is a small rivulet, with gentle water- 
falls above, and a beautiful sheet of tranquil water, Jones's 
pond, is in full view a few rods below. These could not 
have escaped the attention of children there. 

Abbie Scribner's first educational privileges were at the 
district school. But what were those privileges? Not the 
best of the kind. The school-house was about a mile and a 
half away, and in an almost desolate region; a lonely 
building, without attractions or conveniences. It had no 
architectural proportions, no clapboards, and no paint. In- 
side, the des ^ and seats were arranged on two sides of the 
room, facing each other, with a small space between. 

But knowledge may be attained in bad houses, or in no 
house at all. Sir Isaac Newton learned some of his hardest 
lessons in a hay-loft, in his country, England ; and **unfold- 


ed all Nature's law," as Pope has it, under an apple tree. 
In this poor school-house, which stood till i860, scholars 
were made. Here primary education was obtained by Cal- 
vin H. Brown, David Henry Brown, James W. Brown, J. 
'V^oodbury Scribner, John P. Brown, all named in the list 
of those who went to college, also, Abbie Scribner, Julia A. 
Scribner, graduates of Mount Hoi yoke Seminary, and by 
Sarah Grace Scribner, Mary Gile and Susan Brown, who 
became school teachers. Also Martha Scribner. 

Solomon says, ** To everything there is a season, and a 
time for every purpose under heaven." All right. We 
have wanted time to tell about this school district, and have 
it here. 

In 1833, President Jackson visited New England, and 
was in New Hampshire. It is related, that while riding in 
some section that appeared poor and unproductive, the 
President asked Gen. Cass, a member of his Cabinet, who 
was with him, what was raised there. Gen. Cass, who was 
born in New Hampshire, pointing to a school-house and a 
church, said, ''They raise men here." Had they come 
here, and passed through district No. 6, and known the 
facts, it might have been said, ** That is where they have 
raised influential men and women." 

Miss Scribner began teaching at the early age of fifteen 
years. She attended the Academy at Chester, also New 
Hampton, and Mount Holyoke Seminary, where she 
graduated in 1863. She taught at different times for ten 
years, and Feb. 16, 1865, was united in marriage with Dr. 
J. F. Brown, of Chester, where she has resided to this time. 
Notwithstanding the cares and duties of home, while her 
husband is engaged in an extensive practice, she flnds time 
for reading history and other literary works of the times* 



John Stevens, the first here, has been named on page 26. 
Children by his wife, Joanna : 



1. Joanna, b. Nov. 25, 1765, lived at borne, in the house 
now occupied by Mr. Ellis, died Jan. 8, 1S16. 

2. Molly, b. March 4, 1769. This name is given its it 
was recorded, but we find it afterwards vrritten Polly, and, we 
think, Mary. She married James Dudley, son of the Judge, 
and lived at the Branch where Elijah Sanborn now does. 
The children are given in the Dudley genealogy. 

3. Jobn, b. Nov. 25, 1771, died, Jan. 2, 1788, aged 16 

4. William, b. June 15, 1774, married Sally llarriman, 
sister of tlie late Jesse llarriman, settled where Joseph Fisk 
lives. He was a farmer, and not only diligent and industri- 
ous, but what a distinguished agriculturalist calls a neat 
farmer, keeping his 6elds free from weeds, and everything 
about the farm in place. He was a specimen of the plain- 
ness and simplicity of many worthy persons in earlier times. 
Extravagance and superfluity in dress, equipage and modes 
of hviog, he detested. He even preferred the common 
names for children. New-fangled ones, as they seemed to 
him, and middle names, he thought unnecessary, lie died 
Oct. 14, 1840. His widow survived him till Dec. 18, 1846. 
Children : (We have not the date of the births.) John M. 
John Fisk, a son, lives in town, two sisters away. John 
Stevens died April 3, 1865. Mrs. Joseph Fisk. William, 
diedjan. 31, 1843. Mrs. Benjamin Cram. - Mrs. Thomas 
Robie. Gilman, died Feb. 16, 1871. Mrs. Samuel N. Sar- 
gent, living in Candia. James Lawrence. lost in the late 

5. Theophilus. This was the last of John and Joanna 
Stevens' children of whom we have an account. The date 
of his birth is not given. He married Lovey Brown, daugh- 
ter of John Brown, north of Harriman's Hill. He became a 
soldier in tlie war with England, 1812 — 1815, and died in 
the service. Children under the guardianship ■ of Stephen 
Osgood, Esq. Flumer, settled in Deny, and was killed in 
a aaw-mill, a few years since. Lovey married and lives in 


Massachusetts. Theophilus, living, but we do not know 


The first that we find of the above name, were in Hamp- 
ton in 1643. Richard, Francis and Nicolas were then 
there. The name was first spelled Swayne, later Swaine, 
and we have found it Swene. 

Aug. 20, 1657, eight persons were drowned at sea. 
Whittter, in a poem, gives an account of this, and the sup- 
posed connection of Goody Cole, regarded as a witch, witli 
the affair. The Hampton records contain the following: 
** The sad hand of God upon eight persons goeing in a ves- 
sell by sea from Hampton to boston who were all swallowed 
up in the osian soon after they were out of the Parbour," 
&c. One of these was •* Sargent Will. Swaine." 

The next record at hand, • is of another Wm. Swaine. 
Probably he lived in the part now Hampton Falls. He had 
six children, the fourth of whom was John. His birth is put 
down after the manner of the Quakers thus: **John 11 d, 
II mo, 1686. 

This John, and Martha his wife, had nine children. The 
sixth was Jonathan, born Aug. 23, 1726. He lived at 
Hampton Falls. He came to Raymond, and settled on the 
farm now owned by Levi S. Brown. Children by his first 
wife, Mary : 

1. Lydia, b. Oct. 27, 1750. 

2. Levi, b. Feb. 28, 1752. He married Sarah Lane of 
this town, lived on the homestead of his father, was in town 
oflice. Having no children, he adopted his nephew, Jona- 
than Swain Brown, fadier of Levi S. Mr. Swain died 
April 18, 1839. 

3. Lyba, b. April 5, 1755, ^^^d at the age of 3 mos, 
18 d. 

4. Mary, b. Oct 9, 1757. 


5. Efcabeth.b.Nov., ■763.)t.„.„^ 

6. oarali, b. " " " J 
Elizabeth married Levi Brown, and an account of their 

children is given in the genealogy of ttie Brown family. 
Sarah married John Nay. Of their children who lived in 
town were John Nay and the wife of Dea. John Dearborn. 
All the children are named in the accouDt of the Nay fam- 

7. Hannah, b. Jan. 21, 1766. She married William Gil- 
man Gordon, and lived, while in town, where Jonathan 
Brown does, in the Gile district. Betsy, a daughter, lived 
for some time in the family of Jonathan Folsom. 

8. Judith, b. Feb. 20, 1774, died young. 

Jonathan Swain's first wife, Mary, died March 13, 1792 ; 
tlie second wife, Molly, died Dec. 6, 1795 ; and the third 
wife, whose maiden name was Towie, died Feb. 6, 1820. 

A sketch of Jonatlian Swain, Esq., and the time of hta 
death, is given in the Chapter on Biography. Nathan, a 
brother, settled on the Blake road, at West Epping, and 
died in 1820, His son Jonathan is living on the same farm 
His wife was Sarah, daughter of Jonathan Dearborn, of this 
town, who lived below Leonard Pease's. Not having a full 
account of Jonathan Dearborn's family when the genealogy 
of the Dearborn family was prepared, it may be stated here, 
that Henry, his only son, was bom in this town, Feb. 9, 
1797. He was named for his great uncle. Gen. Heniy 
Dearborn, who did much for him. He went to Maine, and 
is still hving. 


The emigration of this family to America is the old story 
of " three brothers." They came from the West of Eng- 
land, their names being Daniel, Jacob and Peter. They 
came to Massachusetts, Jacob settled in Newbury, Peter in 
Lynn, and Daniel came to Hampton. The late John Par- 




mer, of Concord, says in his writings that, from these three 
brothers, it is believed sprung the many persons of the 
name, found in various parts of the United States. 

Within the last few months, the public have had consid- 
erable knowledge of Theodore Tilton of New York. He is 
an able journalist, and lyceum lecturer, and lately has 
been known as the prosecutor of Rev. Henry Ward Beech- 
er, charging him with the violation of the seventh com- 
mandment. Eighty-six days had passed in the trial, May 
19, of this year, when this account of the Tilton families 
went to the printer, and then the la>yyers began their argu- 
ments. Was he of the Tilton families in New England, and 
a relative of those in this town ? Undoubtedly. It is be- 
lieved that the descendants of Jacob, or Peter, went West 
as far as New York, and Theodore sprang from one of 

Daniel Tilton was born in England in 1645. Probably 
he came to Hampton about or not long after 1665, for, Dec. 
3, 1669, he there married Mehitable Sanborn. He was a 
farmer and blacksmith ; also an Ensign in the Militia, an 
office of honor in those early times. The people were the 
loyal subjects of Charles II. of England. 

Ensign Daniel Tilton died Feb. 10, 1714. Children: 

Abigail, b. Oct. 28, 16^0. 

Mary, b. March 9, 1672, died young. 

Samuel, b. Feb. 14, 1674. 

Joseph, b. March 19^ 1677. 

Mary, b. May 25, 1679. 

Daniel, b. Oct. 28, 1680. 

David, b. Oct. 30, 1682. 

Jcthro, b., probably, in 1684. 

Mehitable, b. Oct. 2, 1687" 

Josiah, b., probably, in 1689. 

This y(2LS the large family of ten children, according to 
what was often the case in early times. The divine com- 
mand, ** Be fruitful and multiply" was obeyed then. 

The iamily that came to Raymond descended in the Une 
of Jethro, named above. He had sons, Samuel and Jo8iali» 
also two daughters. Samuel, son of Jethro, had nons Sanw 
uel of ITampton Falls, Jethro, who settled in Epping ivbere 
the name was long continued, Reuben, who came to Raj«- 
mond, Ebenezer, who setded in Andover, and Daniel, wlio 
setded in Sanbomton. Names there long and may be now- 
Some held important offices. When Sanbcmiton was divided 
in 1869, and a new town constituted, it was named TUtony 
in honor of one of that name who had lived there. 

Besides the five sons of Samuel, named, there were five 
daughters ; ten children sgain. 

Dr. Joseph Tilton, of Exeter, who died in 1838, was bom 
in Hampton Falls, and was a great-grandson of Daniel, 
whom we have mentioned as having come early to Hamp- 

Reuben Tilton came here from Hampton Palls aboot 
1771. His land was a mile north of the Baptist church, 
where J. Dudley Harrimau lived, and Elbridge G. Brown 
now resides. It was then, far around, mostly a wilderness. 
He erected a log house, and with scanty means, but a 
strong heart, began to clear and cultivate the soil. There 
he lived till his death. May 17, 1826. He was an Indus* 
trious, peaceable citizen, traits descending, by inheritance, 
to his children, so far as we have learned. He kept the Sab- 
bath by attending public worship. For several of his last 
years, he was obliged *to use crutches, and then he would 
walk over to the church, slowly making his way, sometimes 
accompanied by his aged wife, sitting down occasionally to 

Children of Reuben and Mary Tilton : 

1. Josiah, b. Dec. 7, 1767, died Oct. 4, 1776. 

2. Molly, b. March 10, 1770, lived and died ;it home. 

3. Daniel, b. July 23, 1772, lived at the foot of the Long 
Hill, then erected buildings beyond where Phineas Gilman 
now lives, and, nfter some years, returned to the first place. 


He was a deacon in the Congregational church, a lover of 
meetings and the instructions of the Sabbath. Many can 
recollect his quiet appearance, late in life, each Sabbath 
morning, walking to church, with an octavo Bible under his 
arm. His children were Mary, Stephen and John. He 
died Oct 24, 1861. 

4. Samuel, b. Sept. 15, 1774. He settled as farmer on the 
home place, a diligent worker, of good principles and a 
good life. He married, first, Susanna Dudley. Two sons, 
one dying young, and Joseph, first in town, then in Maine. 
Second, Anna Moul ton, a native of Amesbury, Mass. Her 
brother, Avery Moulton, and three sons, Abiel, Tliomas P., 
and Albanus K., were Free Baptist ministers. She was a 
woman of sincere piety, had two sons, Reuben and Rufus. 
The first lives in Rochester, and Rufus has been a Metho- 
dist preacher for about 37 years. He now lives in Derry, 
having retired in part from active service. S. Tilton's third 
wife was Sarah Prescott. JHe died March 7, 1827. 

5. Susanna, b. March 27, 1777. 

6. Abigail, b. Oct. 23, 1779, ^^^^ T>ec. 23, same year. 

7. Abigail, b. Nov. 12, 1780, was the first wife of Jesse 
Harriman, a woman of many excellences, who died Nov. 
13, 1824. The children are named in the genealogy of the 
Harriman family. 

8. Josiah, b. April 22, 1783. He was Captain in the 
Militia, a kind-hearted citizen. His wife was Sarah Moul- 
ton, and their children were Oliver, on the home place ; 
Hannah, wile of A. Bean Smith ; J. Norris, killed by acci- 
dent as will be mentioned in the Chapter on Casualties, and 
Mary Abbie, the first wife of Samuel B. Gove. Capt. Jo- 
siah Tilton died March 2, 1867. 

Capt. Sewell D. Tilton is of a family of the name in 
Deerfield. How connected with those here given, if at all, 
has not been ascertained. Capt. Tilton is named as to his 
lineage on the Dearborn side, at the close of the genealogy 
of the Dearborn family. 

£94 TUB H18T0BT 


Scotland was the land of the Wallaces. William Wal- 
lace is well known in Scottish histoiy. Edward L was king of 
England from 1272 to 1307. When Scotland was at war with 
England, Wallace was the champion of the forces of Scot* 
land» led the armies, and» in a terrible batde in which king 
Edward led the British forces in person, the SooltB were 
vanquished, with terrible slaughter. Wallace was the mcnr- 
ing genuis, and kept up the contest for years, but finally 
was betrayed into the hands of the English. Edward had 
some wisdom and great bravery, but in this case overstep- 
ped the bound3 of propriety and justice. He reaolved to 
make Wallace a terrible example of severe punishment. He 
was held as a captive, accused of treason, tried, condemned 
and executed. Then 'Edward ordered his head to be hung 
on London bridge, and his four quarters hung in diflferent 
parts of Scotland. All this is a J>lot on this king^s charac- 
ter that will always remain. 

Some four centuries passed, and a Wallace came from 
Scotland to this country. Whether he was of the line of 
the patriot William can not be known. His name was 
Robert, and he settled in Londonderry. 

James Moore, grandfather of the late Capt. John Moore, 
settled on that lot. His wife was Mary Todd, but he died 
in middle life, and his widow married this Robert Wallace, 
of Londonderry. Of the issue was John, bom there. May 
30, 1784. Mary Currier, daughter of Gideon Currier, was 
born Aug. 12, 1787. John Wallace and Mary Currier were 
married Nov. 26, 1807. Children : 

Child, b. Jan. 7, 1819, died Jan. 25, same year. 

Lydia, b. Nov. 4, 1820, now in town. 

Mary, b. June 2, 1823, married Samuel N. Page, lived 
at the homestead of his father where John Floyd lives, went 
away, and when last heard of, they were living in Texas. 

John, b. Feb. 24, 1825, lives on tlie home place at 


the Branch, is a farmer, has been one of the Selectmen. 

Robert, b. Feb. 23, 1827, graduated at Dartmouth Col- 
lege, as named in the list of graduates, lives in Milford, Vt., ' 
and is a farmer. 

John Wallace's wife died Jan. 18, 1837, ^^^ he married 
Widow Samuel Moody, still living. Mr. Wallace died 
April 29, 1865. 

The late William Wallace in the Dudley district was of a 
family from Lee. 


The emigrant, in whose line came those of the name in 
Chester and Raymond, was Thomas, who settled in Lon- 
donderry, and in 1738 came to Chester, in that part where 
seme of the name continue. We have an account of four 
sons, but no daughters. The fourth was James, born in 
1746, died in Chester, in the homestead, March 14, 1829. 

His oldest son, John, married for his second wife Sarah 
Osgood, of this town, and lived in Candia where his son, 
John O., lives. 

The second son was Thomas, born in Chester, Nov. 23, 
1775. This was the late Dea. Thomas Wason, in what is 
called the Wason district, in this town. lie married Abi- 
gail, daughter of Isaac Lane, of Chester. He was a farmer, 
industrious and frugal. He was long a deacon in the Con- 
gregational church, having been chosen when Rev. S. 
Farnsworth was pastor. He died Nov. 25, 1862. Chil- 
dren : 

1. Garland, married Maria Seavey, of Chester. She 
died March 20, 1864, aged 52. Child, — Mrs. Alva T. 
Emery, at the home place. 

2. Isaac. 

3. James Wright, married, first. Miss Pillsbury, second, 
Miss Page, daughter of John Page, and lives in Roxbury, 


4* Betsj L. married Hazen Bachdder, and fives in town. 
Chfldren in the genealogy of the Bachdder family. 

5« Lnther, married, first, Susan Badidder, danghier of 
Deacon Amos. She died April 19, 1857. ChQdrcnt — 
Melvin A* He married Lucy B. Dearborn, of Candia, and 
rerides in a house he built at Rajrmond Center, which. Ibr 
fine architectural proportions, good arrangement and excd- 
lent work, is not excelled by many in town. BeCagr 
Ellen became the second Mrife of • Sheri)um P. Blake. 
Sarah A. died young. Thomas A. 

Mr. Wason married, second, Harriet Emerson. One 
daughter by this marriage, Harriet Cecelia. 


The ancestor of the family in this countiy was Edwardy 
thought to have come from the south part of En|^and, and 
setded in Newbury, in 1635. That year was the commence* 
ment of that town, and embraced what is now Newbury, 
West Newbury and Newburyport. He had a son Edward. 
This last had a son Archehis, who was a deacon, probably 
in Newbury. The deacon liad a son, named Joshua, bom 
June 6, 1708, married Eunice Sawyer, in 1736, and about 
the same time settled in Kingston. That town was then 
new, having been settled less than 40 years. He had a 
large family of fifteen children, three of whom died young. 
The testimony is, that this Joshua was a man of great hon- 
esty and uprightness. His sons, that grew up, were eight, 
and they scattered somewhat widely, not one of them, we 
think, settling in Kingston, although one of them finally 
lived in Hawke, now Danville, near. This was Moses. 
His widow lived to the great age of 99, dying in 1850. 

Jonathan, sixth living child of Joshua, was bom in Kings- 
ton, July 25, 1746. He settled in Candia near where the 
late Colonel John Prescott lived. He married, first, Mary 
.Elkins, of Ilawkc. Children : 


1. Mary, b. June 27, 1773, married Samuel Sargent, of 

2. Dorothy, went to Maine. 

3. Hannah, b. Aug, 13, 1778, married AbnerCram, of 

4. Peter, b. June i, 1780, lived in Vermont. 

5. Jonallian, b. Marcli 21, 1782, married Sally Lane, of 
Raymond, lived here and died June 12, 1852. Their chil- 
dren were eight. Two died. Levi S., Mrs. David Abbott, 
Jonathan, live it\ town, George in Kingston, David in Maine, 
and Mrs. David T. Woodman, (maiden name Luella,) in 
South Hampton. Jonatlian of Canada married, second, 
Abigail Morse, of East Kingston. The issue was : 

6. Abigail, b. Sept. 21,1783, married Jonathan Philbrick, 
of Deerfield. 

7. Ruth, b. Feb. 18, 1785, married and went to Maine. 

8. Betsy, b. Sept. 20, 1786, married, lived in Maine. 

9. Sarah, b. Jan. 23, 1789, married D. Tukesbury, lived 
in Amesbury. 

10. Nancy, died young. 

11. David. 

12. Nancy, married A. Tilton, lived in Maine. 

13. Eunice, b. April 7, 1797, married Mr. Emmons, lived 
in Alexandria. 

14. Enos, b. July 14, 1800. 



Abbott. We have an extended amount of names of 
this family in America, but it is a net-work, — a tangled 
mass, that we confess we know not how to unravel. It is 
evident good blood flows in many of its branches, and, we 
trust, in all. It will be of interest to name some of the 
most distinguished. 

But it should first be said, that the first Abbott in this 

wlio cadaeto 

163$, He WM die ancnlor of vcfy maaj. if aolallv 
havefiwedin Miwicluiirtti, New Hi i M| w liii e nd 

BcnjauDiB Aiiboty !#• !#• D»t was bora n 17039 
at Hanrard College in 1788, and the same year 
oeplor of Phillips Exeter Academy. He 
distingnished ability and rminml sncrem fifty years. 

in 1838. He died in Exeter, Oct 2$^ 1849. Dr. AUmtt 
wrote his name wicb bat one L Few, if any, at the head trf* 
academiips erer had so many pupils, who brramr 
in after life as Dr. Abbott. Among them may be 
Lewis Cass, Daniel WcbsterJEdward ETerctt, John 6. Vmt- 
ftey, John A. Dix, George Bancroft, John P. Hale aad 
many others. 

Two others of the name are worthy of special 
They are brothers.and authors of books. Jacob Abbott 
born in Hallowdl, He., in 1803. He eariy became a 
of moral and religious books. One series embraced twenty^. 
four volumes. Another series, adapted particularly to the 
young, consisted of thirty-three volumes. This account 
was taken ten or twelve years ago. lie still lives, and con- 
tinues to write. Probably the number of hooks of which 
he is author, is not far from seventy-five. He has proved 
himself the friend of children, the friend of virtue and the 
friend of the race. 

John S. C. Abbott, his brother, was bom in Hallowell, 
Me., in 1805. He has sometimes been settled over churches, 
but then, as at other times, he has devoted himself largely 
to literary pursuits, especially in writing books. Biography 
is the line to which he has mostly devoted himself. Some 
dbtinguished characters in America have been his subjects ; 
also kings, queens and others in the old country. He once 
went across the Atlantic for material, and had an inter- 
view with the late Emperor, Napoleon III. 

His most noted work is the life of the first Napoleon. It 


was first a serial in Harpers* Magazine^ then in book form. 
In it he maintains that Napoleon was not actuated by ambi- 
tion in his military enterprises, but simply his own rights 
and especially the rights of France, to which he was ar- 
dently attached. 

The truth often lies between extremes. It has long been 
plain to us, that the confederation or alliance of some of the 
principal powers of Europe to crush Napoleon, was to break 
down a monarchy not constitutional. Napoleon was not of 
any royal line. A Corsican subaltern oflBcer, he came forth 
to bury the remnants of the most bloody and infernal revo- 
lution of 1792, and help France to come up and take her 
formerly proud place among the nations of the earth. He 
climbed the vacant throne. The unfortunate king, Louis 
XVI., usually called Louis Capet, had been pulled from it 
some ten years before and beheaded. All the other mon- 
archies were jealous. They hated a government the head 
of which was not of hereditary descent. The, House of 
Bourbon should furnish princes in France. This was their 
opinion. It was dictated partly by the laws of hereditary 
desgcnt in monarchial governments, and partly by their own 
selfish views. If Napoleon might rule in France, other rev- 
olutions might come ; other kings lose their crowns and 
usurpers be in authority. 

It has seemed to us important that these features of the 
case be understood. We have not seen them noticed by his- 
torians. Although not writing the life of Napoleon I., nor 
of John S. C. Abbott, nor justifying all of his views as to 
the Napoleon dynasty, yet while writing of the Abbott fam- 
ily, this is inserted for variety, and to help understand what 
one of the Abbotts has written. 

Mr. John S. C. Abbott still lives, and is about as busy 
with his pen as ever. He is a fascinating writer and has a 
host of admiring readers. 

The Abbotts have been in Raymond for some time,although 
none were here very early. Ephraim Abbott lived in Pop- 

800 THB HlfftOBT 

lin, now Fremont. He had a son Joseph, who came herey 
and lived in the Lane district, not far from the entrance of 
the << Bye Road** to the Green. 

Of the children may be named Joseph, who lived here 
some years, and was Lieutenant Colonel in the Militia. 
He afterwards moved from town. A sister,' Mrs. Fo|pg« 
passed her last years in Deerfield. David, a farmer, setded 
on Oak Hill. The place is elevated, good water, good air ; 
the view around in every direction is extensive and ddight- 
fal. His first wife was AiTa Smith, daughter of Jacob 
Smith. ' One {son, Wilson S., graduated at college, tAd is 
named with the college graduates. Wilson S. Abbott is at 
present a farmer. It is encouraging to have men of scientific 
attainments in this important business. 

Peter Abbott, probably a relative, lived here a while, a 
little north of William Spinney's. He was a mason by 

Anderson. George Anderson,- who was in trade near 
the Baptist church for a time, was from Sandown. 

Bishop. Joseph Bishop came to town about half a cen- 
tury ago, from Newbury port. 

Baglby. Daniel Bagley was from Amesbury, Mass* 
John Bagley, in the Brown district, was a native of War- 

BuRBANK. Enoch Burbank lived in Candia, Nov. i8, 
1818, married Betsy Healey, sister of Samuel Healey in 
the Gile district, lived at two or three different places in this 
town, one of which was in the Moss house on the place 
where Levi S. Woodman lives, then in Deerfield. 

Bachbldbr. The spelling of this name is various. The 
first who came over, to be named presently ,wrote it Bach- 
iler. His children did so, and perhaps some others. In 
some early writings at Hampton, we find itBachiller, Batch- 
eller and Bashelder. As time passed, a few spelt it Bachel- 
der, some Bachelor, the same as the word that means a man 
of age, unmarried. Those in' this town and many others 


spell it Batchelder, but still more common in the country is 
Bachelder, and we have adopted it in this book. 

This is an old name in this town, persons bearing it hav- 
ing been here during most of its history. There was a Je- 
thro Bachelder here before the incorporation in 1764. He 
lived near the Todd road, not far from the place where Dean 
Smith lately lived. There is no record of his death, and 
probably he moved from town. David Bachelder was here 
soon after the incorporation, lived west of York's corner on 
land now owned by Thomas Robie. There is no account of 
his death. Jonathan and Josiah, who afterwards lived near 
the above, were brothers. The emigrant Was Stephen 
Bachiler. He was early in New Hampshire, but Barstow 
doesnot name him. Belknap, Farmer and Whiton men- 
tion him,- without any full particulars. Joseph Dow, Esq., 
of Hampton, a diligent chronicler of old time matters in 
that section, gives a more extended account. [History of 
Congregational and Presbyterian churches in New Hamp- 
shire, page 64. ] The late Hon. John Kelly of Exeter gives 
an account of him as the first minister of Hampton, and 
says he passed as a man of good reputation and uncommon 
sanctity, but, as in some other cases, a cloud darkened his 
fair fame ; however, he was good enough to take the right 
method to have brightness come again. [ Historical Collec- 
tions,Vol. H., page 236.] The gifted American poet, Whit- 
tier, in a poem on the wreck of a boat and the loss of eight, 
lives, oft* Hampton beach in 1657, mentions Mr. Bachiler as 
being present at the funeral of those lost. [ Ballads of New 
England, pages 82 and 83. ] 

We follow Coffin as to the out lines of Mr. Bachiler*s life. 
Born in England in 1561, he came over to Boston in 1632, 
to Lyim and Ipswich in 1636, to Yarmouth in 1637, to 
Newbury in 1638, and to Hampton in 1639. [ Dow says 
1638. ] From 1641 to 1650, he lived in Portsmouth, whence 
he returned to England, and died at Hackney, aged nearly 
100 yeairs. If that was his age, he must have died about 

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l66i. All testimony given is, that he attained that great 
age. He was the common ancestor of most, if not all, of 
the Bachelders in this part of the country, and of many who 
went west. All will love to think of him as a man of 
energy, making transits across wide oceans and from place 
to place, living, as is hoped, to some good purpose, and dy- 
ing fiill of years. 

Mr. Bachiler was about 77 years old when he carae to 
Hampton. It is said he was 88 days on tlie voyage. It is 
supposed his wife dietl before he lefl England. He was the 
first minister in Hampton, and preached about three years, 
ending in 1641. We have the following names of his chil- 
dren : Theodate, Deborah, Nathaniel, Frances, Stephen, 
John, William, Henry and a daughter, who had married 
John Sanborn in England. Mr. Sanborn was dead. 

Of the Rev. Stephen Bachiler'a children, his daughter. 
Widow Sanborn, came to this country in the same vessel in 
which he did. We are not certain whether his other two 
daughters came then or at some other time. Theodate mar- 
ried Christopher Hussey, of Hampton ; Deborah, John 
Wing, of Scituate, Mass. How many of his sons came over 
can not be stated ; from them the Bachelders, since here, 
descended. Nathaniel, named in the Hampton records, 
married Deborah Smith, Dec. 10, 1656, and had oiae chil- 
dren. His wife died, and he married Mary Wyman, March 
. 8, 1676, and had eight children. There is reason to sup- 
pose he had a third wife. He died in 1707. Proper^ then 
connsted much in lands and herds. A granddaughter, by 
his will, had a cow and three sheep. His children probably 
had greater legacies. 

Stephen, another son of Rev. Stephen, remained in Bng^- 
land. In writing to his brother, the above Nathaniel, lus 
letter is dated thus : '* London the 23 Aprill 1685." The 
following are extracts : '* I have re'cd yo' 19 Jacuarie and 
bless god you and yo' wife and children are well ; may god 
continue health to you all. I bless god I am much better than 


I was though verie weake." — ** lost fifteen hundred and 
above by our brother Francis Bachiler and above one thous- 
and pounds by others, all one upon one another ; but I thanke 
god I have rubed thorow all and am contented in my condi- 
tion, not being beholding to any relation, and hope shall 
continue soe to my end. The stocking 1 sent by you cost 
mc £5 — 5 — 6d." [Tlie «« stocking" was undoubtedly, cattle, 
&c. ] This letter was superscribed, "To my loveing brother 
Nathaniel Bachiler at Hampton in New England. By a 

Nathaniel Bachiler, of Hampton, had descendants who 
settled in that part of Hampton afterwards constituted Hamp- 
ton Falls, but connecting links between them and the Bach- 
elders, who came from that place to Raymond, are not abso- 
lutely certain. We assure the families of the name here, 
that we have not spared time, labor or money, to find their 
direct genealogy from the first of the name in this country. 
The efforts have not been rewarded with the certain success 
desired. What can be s^id is this: The* Nathaniel of 
Hampton, whom we have noticed, had a son Nathaniel, 
born Dec. 24, 1659. One of his children was John, born 
July 28, 1692. From two sources we have it as a tradition, 
that he settled in Kensington. This adjoins Hampton Falls, 
in which were some of the Bachelder families. 

This John married Abigail , Dec. 30, 1714. .They 

had ten children. The third was John, born Oct. 5, 1719. 

We next find that a John Bachelder married Esther • 

Probably this was John, son of John and Abigail. John 
and Esther had seven children, whose names are before us. 
If this i3 the family of which some of the ^children came to 
Raymond, and no doubt is is, there were at least eight chil- 
dren. Children of John and Esther Bachelder : 

Joanna, b. Aug. 10, 1741. 

David, b. Nov. 4, 1742, came to Raymond. 

John, b, Sept. 12, 17^4, came to Raymond. 

Mary, b. Aug. 24, 1746. 


Matthew, b. July i, 1748, lulled by the fidl of a tree. 
* Josiah, b. Jan. 24, i75o» came to Rajnnond. 

Esther, b. March 29, 1752. 

Jonathan, another son, not named in the record, came to 

In the first part of the account of the Bachelders, we have 
mentioned a David who came here and lived west of York's 
comer. There is every reason to believe that David, nam- 
ed with these children, was the one. In genealogy it is 
advisable to be certain, but sometimes it is impossible. We 
are not certain in this case, but still have no doubt. Chil- 
dren of David and Sarah Bachelder, who lived in Ray- 

1. Benjamin, b. Nov. 26, 1763, died in Saco, Me., Dec, 


2. Jonathan, b. Sept. 14, 1765. 

These were bom in this town. David Bachelder came 
here about 1762, and after 1765, it seems, moved away. 

John, brother of David, came from Hampton Falls. His 
purchase was in the wilderness west of Oak Hill. A cabin 
or log house was built farther up the road than where he 
afterwards built, where the Ham house now stands. ** Up 
the road I** There was not any road then, and none now 
far up. It is said, ** It is a long road that has no end. 
This has an end before getting up to ** Break Neck Hill. 

Mr. Bachelder built later, and the house was the one 
named on page 26, as having had a very large fire-place. 

Mr. B. was short in stature, from recollection of him we 
should say not more than five feet, live inches, but he was 
what is called ** thick set.** Some called him ** Truckee ;*• 
but he paid no attention to it. He had a large family, six 
sons and six daughters. We mention them below : 

Samuel settled near the north-west of the town. 

John, b. Nov. 28, 1770, settled near the nortli-west comer 
of the town, died Jan. 26, 1865. 

Anna, b. Sept. i, 1773, married Mr. Fogg, of Sandwich. 



Abigail, b. Aug. 9, 1775, married David Fox. 

Eunice, b. Nov. 28, i777f married Mr. Pickering, of 

Elisha, b. Oct. 6, 1779, lived in Amesbury. 

Rhoda, b. Jan. 31, 1782, not married, lived in Greenland, 
and died. 

Benjamin, b. Jan. 27, 1784, married a daughter of John 
Brown. Mrs. Joseph Corson and Daniel Bachelder are the 
children living. Mr. Bachelder died July 19, 1857. 

Sarah, b. Sept. i, 1785, was the first wife of Ebenezer 
Brown, died March 5, 1841. Stephen, a son, is living in 
South Hampton ; also a daughter, Mrs. James Tilton,in Sal- 
isbury, Mass. A number died. One was the first wife of 
Joseph Bishop. 

David, b. Oct. 21, 1788, married Lovey Holman, settled 
on the home place ; one son, Emery, who died when a young 
man. David died May i, 1863. There were two others, 
but we have no dates as to birth. Levi lived in Exeter, and 
Mary, unmarried, died Oct. 27, 1865. 

Samuel Bachelder, son of John, married Sarah Fox, 
His residence has already been stated as at the north-west. 
For a short time, late in life, he lived in Nottingham, where 
he died, April 13, 1832. Without records, the children are 
given in the order of birth as correctly as possible. 

Betsy became the first wife of James Critchet, of Candia. 

Abigail married Jabez Bean, of Deerfield. 

J^enjamin married Miss Morrison ; lived at the last house 
on the road to Deerfield. He engaged in the carriage mak- 
ing business early for that work in town,did much at it, and 
at'length, there being two others of the same name, he was 
familiarl}'^ called *• Wagon Benjamin.** He had the reputa- 
tion of an honest man, and died Sept. 14, 1852. Children, — 
Joseph, dead ; David M., living in Haverhill, Mass. ; Lucin- 
da, in town, married, first, George Anderson, second, Mr. 
Gile. Another daughter married Martin Young, of Deer- 
field, and died. Moses living, on the home place. 

The next son of Samuel was Samuel. He married Mary 
riolman, settled nt Freetown mills, was a cloth-dresser, anti 
died Dec. i6, 1869. Children,— Calvin E., fttrs. Theophilus 
L. Drown and Mrs. G. IJradbury Robinson. 

David moved from town. 

Sarah married Mr, Smith, of Deerficld. 

John moved from town. 

Oren lived last in the Patten district in Candia, where he 


John Bachelder, also son of John, married Mary For. 
He was a home man and a diligent worker. He lived to be 
94 years of age, lie continued to work till nearly 90. At 
last he woiild take a chair into the corn-lield and hoe :iround 
him, sitting in the chair. Children : 

1. James, married, first, Nancy Critchet, oi Candia, sec- 
ond, Lucy Fox. His children were, by his lirst wife, Jacnes 
Rolin, living in Candia, Rejiresentative two years; Cassan- 
dane married I. Godfrey, of Candia; John Briggs, who 
is in California, town of Jackson. He has been in that State 
some twenty-five years. A while since, an account of him 
stated that he had Bve horses, five cows and was largely in 
the grape culture, having seven thousand vines, and some 
years made eight hundred gallons of wine, and sold grapes 
enough for five hundred more. Some years he has had two 
hundred bushels df winter apples, some of hb trees having 
three crops in a year. We think, in business, he has reflect- 
ed honor on his native town. 

Next of James Bachelder's children is Olive Perry, ©f 
Nottingham; Francis, of, Lynn, Mass.; Nancy married 
Stephen Thomas ; Rosella in town ; Stephen K. and Joseph 
K. in the village. 

2. Mary married James Critchet, of Candia, and lives in 
town, with her son Freeman. 

3. Thomas resides in Candia village. 

4. Betsy married Thomas Morrison. A few years ago 


they lived in the Lane district. Elijah, a son, owns the 
Dean Smith place. 

5. Nancy was the first wife of Josiah Dudley, living on 
the Cilley road. 

6. Catherine married John Tilton. A son was lost in the 
late war. 

7. JJcnjaniin married, first, Eleanor Fox, second, Sally 
Young. Lewis S., a son by his first wife, lives in town. 

8. Abigail married Mr. Cole ; lives in Canada. 

We have had a pretty good time on the north, at the west 
of Oak Hill, where, in a rough section, men were raised; 
now back'wcst of York's comer where was David, whom we 
named as tlie first of the four brothers. It used to be call- 
ed the «• Candia road,'* and leads up through the Gile dis- 
trict, north of Jones's pond and near it, to the Langford 
neighborhood in Candia. Previous to thirty years ago, it 
was a road of great travel, but is little used now. At pres- 
ent we are concerned with it from York's corner, where 
Elisha T. Gile lives, up to the Gile school-house. The dis- 
tance may be about two miles. It seems now retired from 
much of the bustle of the town, but is amidst beautiful 
scenery. The citizens there have wisely preserved their 
wood and timber lots, so their farms are still valuable, as 
they are a source of income they can use as occasion may 
require. But let us see what the Bachelders did there. 

Josiah liachcldcr, the third of the three brothers, who 
came here from Hampton Falls, lived on ,the place where 
Hazen Bacheldcr now lives. He died Nov. 12, 1837. 

The next of the brothers was Jonathan. He lived where 
the late Matthew Bachelder and sisters did. He died April 
12, 1834. His wife was a sister of Amos Kimball, father of 
the present Amos. Children : 

1. Eunice, married Josiah Davis. She died. Oliver, dead; 
the first wife of J. Lawrence Stevens, dead ; Sally, dead^ 
and Jonathan, living on the home place were the children. 

2. Matthew, followed his father on the homestead, had 

not bodily strength for labor, never married, had a great 
memory, knew more nboiit ramilies in town, iheir ages, &c., 
than any other, was u peaceable citizen, and died. 

3. Jonathan went to Allenstown. 

4. Amos, married Marj- Lane, settli;d near where his son 
Amos now lives, was a farmer, diligent in business, and or- 
dinarily successful. He was deacon of the Free Baptist 
church, and a great lover of meetings. His wife dying, he 
married Mary Lane of Chester, Children by his first wife : 
I-Iazen, married Belsy L. Wason, and has children, — Mary 
A., married Levi AToulton, lives in Portsmouth ; Thomas B^ 
Charles A., Uazen Weils, Alvah G. 

3. Hanoah, married Orlando Hoot, lives in Kingstoo. 

3. Amos* married Martha Waaon, of Candia. A aos* 
Andrew R., lives on the. old place. Amos Bachelder mar- 
ried, second, Amanda Brown. 

4. Siuan was the Hrst mfe of Luther WasM. 
One child of Dea. B. died young. 
Dea/Bachelder's first wife died Dec 15, 1845. 
Dea. Amoa Bachelder died'Kov, 28, 1865. 

The next of Jonathan Bachelder's children were, — Sally, 
who died. 

Hannah, died. 

Mary, living at Hazen Bachelder's. 

John lived in town, moved away, came back, and died 
Jan. 31,1860. 

Bbnnbtt. Jeremiah Bennett was a townsman, but we do 
not know whence he came. The name has not been very 
common in this part of the country. It was in Sandown, 
and one there was a local Methodist preacher. Mr. Bennett 
lived in the house now owned by Widow Welch. He was 
uncommonly small in stature. From recollection of him, it 
would seem his weight could not have been much more 
than 120 pounds. But he .was energetic and a good worker. 
In his time, wood was burned in what were called coal- 
pits, to produce charcoal, and he was thus frequently 

SAU,y D, Tucker. 


employed. His wife died, and he sold and went to Maine. 

DoLLOFF. Tlie old ** Dollar" house near Nutter & Co*s 
mills still stands, although falling to ruin. "Dollar" is the usu- 
al pronunciation and so the Dolloff name was usually called. 
Clement from Exeter was the head of the [family. He and 
Elizabeth, his wife, had ten children. Thomas, the oldest, 
was a soldier in the army of the Revolution, and died in 
1782. Clement, another son, lived in town, but moved 
farther up in the State, and died. A daughter, Anna F., 
died March i, 1847. His widow died April 12, 1852, and 
the name became extinct in this place. Thomas, another 
son of the first Clement, settled in Vermont, and died Aug. 
2, 1874, ^gcd 92 years. He was a member of the Free 
Baptist church, had been a professed Christian 75 years, 
^nd had the reputation of a good man. 

Davis. Josiah Davis, father of the present Jonathan, was 
from Kingston. 

D0D6B. George L. Dodge, some of whose children live 
in town, was a native of Salem, Mass. 

Dow. Jacob Dow lived in the Dolloff house. A son is 
living in Manchester. Another married a daughter of Dea. 
John Dearborn, but died early. 

Elliot. The name was not here early. Jacob Elliot 
married into the family of James Towle, at the Branch, and 
came to town. He was from Chester, son of Jacob, who 
was son of Edmund, from Amesbury, Mass. 

Fox. Benjamin Fox married Betty Fullonton, sister of 
Capt. John, lived last north of Oak Hill. Two daughters 
married Samuel and John Bachelder. Sinclair moved to 
Ohio. David married Abigail Bachelder, lived in a house, 
now gone, near the Widow John Tilton. Children, — Levi, 
Benjamin, who lived in Nottingham, John, David, Abigail, 
who married Ebenezer C. Osgood, Lucy, the second wife 
of James Bachelder, Affa B., who married Dean Smith, 
and Eleanor B., who married Benj. Bachelder. 

Fowler. Name not here till after the railroad was built. 


Ghreen C. Fowler was from near the Jimction in South New* 

Flood. This name was spelled as we give it, and there 
is such a name in the country now* There is also Floyd* 
possibly they were originally of the same family. 

The family was here early. 

Henry Flood had four children between 1759 and 1767. 
Poverty rendered it necessary to have help from the town. 
How should it come ? It was proposed that the asnstance 
be by auction. So» in the warrant for town meeting, in 1767, 
was the following article : ^^ To Pass a Voat to see whatfaer 
Henry flood and his famerly Shall be Set up to the Lowest 
Bidder, or him to have him that will keep him Cheepeat for 
the year insuing, and to be set up this night after the mett* 
ing to a vandue.** The following is a record of the auction 
on that article : ** Voted to Seet up Heniy flood and famerly 
to a vandue to y* lowest bider.** This practice for providing 
aid for to the poor was continued more or less through the 
years till some forty years since, when methods more in ac- 
cordance with the feelings of humanity and refinements of 
the age were adopted. It is not designed, however, to say 
that under the method named, the poor, as a whole, were 
not properly cared for, but disposing of them at public auc- 
tion seemed not the wisest plan. 

Gordon. William Gilman Gordon was from Brentwood. 
He lived on what has since .been the farm of Jonathan 
Brown, in the Gile district. lie had twelve children, was a 
diligent farmer and a good citizen. He had more than one 
wife, two certainly, not nt the same time, for iK)lygamy was 
not practiced then, and husbands generally were continent 
and **keepers at home." lie married into the Swain and 
Poor families and his wives were a help to him. His chil- 
dren did not settle permanently here. One died at Jonathan 
Cram*s in the village. Betsy was long in the Jonathan Fol- 
som family, and Mary for a time at Col. Ebenezer Cram's. 
Horace was well known in town for years, living in the 

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Branch district. He is now in Manchester. Mr. William G. 
Gordon moved to Vermont after 1820, and died there. 

GovB. Sherburn Gove was a native of Nottingham. 
March 24, 1819, he was united in marriage with Jane Nor- 
ris, of this town, and settled in Northwood. Some time 
later than 1830, they came to the Norris place. Mr. Gove 
was a good fanner. lie and his wife lived in the married 
state 55 years. He died Oct. 25, 1874, aged 79. The 
children have been named in tlie account of the Norris 

Griffin. Benjamin Griffin was from Sandown, where 
the name has long been. He had quitp a family of children. 
Jcflerson lives in Candia, also Mrs. Noycs and Mrs. JohnC. 
Dearborn. John lived in Exeter, but is now in Boston ; Mrs. 
Tilton in Haverhill, Mass. David lives in town, has been 
Representative in the Legislature. 

Heath. Asa Heath was from Sandown. His son David 
lived in Candia, near Raymond line. Samuel, at the Green, 
is a son of David, and Widow Howard Towle and Mrs. 
John Hcaley are daughters. 

HoLMAN. Solomon Ilolman was born in England, served 
seven years on board a war vessel,came to the Bermuda isl- 
ands, next to Newbury, bought thirteen acres of land, pay- 
ing for them a fat heifer, built a log house, and died in 
1753, aged 81. Jeremiah Holman came to this town from 
Epping. Whether related to Solomon or not, can not be 
stated. Jeremiah was a son of Daniel of Epping. His chil- 
dren and grandchildren died, so the name became extinct. 
One granddaughter is still here. She is the wife of George 
E. Dodge. 

KiMiiALL. This name has long been in Exeter, and 
Amos Kimball, father of the present Amos, was from that 

Leavitt. Persons of this name were in town before the 
Revolution and remained here many years. Now there 
are none excepting Jess Leavitt, who was of a Deerfield 

SIS THE Hmosr 

family. John Leavitt, and others who came here, 
from Brentwood. One John Lea^tt came fitmi BnglmM^ to 
Hingham, Mass., in 1636, and Thomas to Exeter, N. 
1639. Dudley Lieavitt, the almanac maker, was a drecend- 
ant, and was bom in Exeter, May a2, 1773. The name has 
also long been in Hampton. John lived near the road finoos 
the Gile school-house to Jones's pond : Nehemiah fiutlier 
south. Of his son, the Rev. Nehemiah, we have given an ac- 
count, in the Chapter on Biography. The late Thomas 
LfCavitt was a son of John, and lived where Nathaniel Weal 
does, near the road to the Green. Two daughters also lived 

LocKB. Samuel Locke, in the Wason district, was finm 
Brentwood. V^lliam Locke, from Rye, came to Chester 
somewhat early ; his son John followed him on the hcNne- 
stead. Three of John's children settled in Raymond One 
was the first wife of Ileniy Osgooil, another was the wife of 
the late Capt. John Moore, still living, and the other was 
John Locke, Esq., who built a fine residence at the village. 
He was Postmaster, and died while holding that office. 

Marden. This family was from Rye. George Marden, 
bom in 1741, came to the north part of what is now Ches- 
ter. Jolin L. Marden, a grandson, lives in the Wason dis- 
trict in this town, lie is the only one of the name of whom 
we have an account as living here. 

Magoon. Moses C. Magoon was from Brentwood. John 
Magoon, his grandfather, was killed by the Indians, some 
say in Brentwood, but our account is in Exeter. Probably it 
was in what is now Brentwood. He was killed soon after 
1710, and Brentwood was then a part of Exeter. Mr. Ma- 
goon, on coming here, settled on the road from Nutter & Co*s 
mills to the Green. Later he lived on the Green and died 
at his son's, David L. Magoon, on the Langford road, Dec. 
17, 1862. The Magoon family that lived in Kingston and 
East Kingston was respectable. Rev. Josiah Magoon, bom 
in East Kingston, was a Free Baptist preacher, and lived 



in New Hampton, where he died. A brother, a Justice 
of the Peace and a good business man, lived in East Kings- 
ton. Prof. Magoon, well known in the West, was of this 
eastern family. The Magoons of New England, some of 
them at least, it is believed, descended from John, the first 
who came from England. He was in Scituate, Mass., in 

Norton. The first of the name that we have was in 

1066, when one Norville came with William the Conqueror 
to England. It is quite certain that the name afterwards be- 
came Norton. Rev. John Norton was the second minister 
of Ilingham, Mass., ordained there Nov. 22, 1678. Bonas, 
a brother, came to that part of Hampton now Seabrook, 
where he died, April 30, 17 18. 

The Norton family here was originally from Greenland. 
Joseph and Jonathan, brothers, came from tliat town to the 
north part of Chester. Daniel, son of Jonathan, married 
Lydia, daughter of Joseph, and settled in what is now the 
Wason district, and died there. His widow died March 14, 
1863. The name in the male line is now extinct here. Mrs. 
Dudley Lane and Mrs. Alanson G. Brown are of the Norton 

Pecker. David Pecker was from Salisbury, Mass., and 
came here about 1823. He has been Representative in the 
Legislature, was the first station agent after the opening of 
the railroad in 1850, and is a mechanic and a farmer. 

Pollard. Barton Pollard was here early and lived on 
what is now the Moore place at the Branch. There were 
others in town, likely relatives. When the war of the Revo- 
lution came on. Barton, Elijah and Ezekiel, <* strapped on 
their knapsacks*' and went into the service. Children of 
Barton Pollard, — Ilezekiah, John, Molly and Asa, born be- 
tween 1763 and 1770. There was a Hannah Pollard recol- 
lected now by some. John M., a descendant, was born 
Jan. 28, 1784. July 4, 1825, he was married to Sally Locke, 
of this town. Hiram L., son of John, built the Dearborn 


hoii8e,in the yiUage,for himself, also the cme where Rer. BL 
S. Manaon lives, but sold both. As a boose carpenter, he 
built a large number of houses in town. His wife was 
Diann Basford, of Chester. They reside there now. Al- 
fred, another son of John, lives on the Elder NewludI place. 
RuNNBLs. In early times in this country we find tins 
name RenoUs, Renels, Renals, Runels, Runails, Reanob 
and Renils. And now some of the same fiunQjr spdl k 
Reynolds. The name was in Chester and Decrfield early. 
Those who came were descendants of families first in Port*- 
mouth, then in Exeter and Stratham. Thomas lived in 
Chester, then in Deerfidd. He died after 1766, and by his 
will gave his sons as follows : Owen five shiUings, Samnd 
the same, John the same, Thomas a yoke oi white-fiiced 
It is believed that Owen was the son of Samuel. He came 
to this town,married Susan L. Roberts, daughter of John, and 
lived here several years, afterwards in Candia. Of the chil- 
dren, we have named Thomas F., in Chapter on Biography , 
as a preacher^ and Owen as a Representative of Pittsfield. 

Richardson. The first of this name in this country was 
Thomas, who was made a freeman in 1638, and was one of 
the first settlers in Woburn, Mass. Daniel was the first in 
Raymond, and he came from Dracut, adjoining Lowell, 
Mass. He settled on the road leading from the Judge Ehid- 
ley place to the Critchet place, in Candia, where his de- 
scendants have been to the present. His children, so far as 
we have mention of tliem, were Nathaniel, a soldier in tlie 
war of the Revolution and the father of Cu2ziah, well 
known as domestic help in the Blake and other families ; by 
a second wife, Sarah, a tailoress, married and went to 
Allenstown, returning here after the death of her husband ; 
Rebecca, Daniel, John and Joseph. Daniel lived a while in 
Candia near the Colcord place, since the town farm, where 
his son Gilman Richardson was born. He settled north of 
the village in that town, and was Representative in the 


Legislature. Joseph, another son, lives in town. While liv- 
ing in Candia, he was Representative, and has been one of 
the Selectmen here. 

Perhaps a number if not all of the first Daniel Richard- 
son's children were born before coming to this place. ^ One 
of them, Joseph, was born Aug. 9,1768. Nov. 25, 1794, 
he married Anna Wilson, born Aug. 9, 1771. She died 
June 27, 1834, aged 62. Mr. Richardson died June 6, 1852, 
aged 83. Stephen Richardson, is a son. Frank Richard- 
son, in the village, was from Candia. 

Roberts. Ezekiel Roberts was from Brentwood, where 
his son John was born. Some of this name were here as 
early as the Revolutionary war. All that we know of John 
Roberts is that he was a soldier in that war. The late John 
Roberts had a large family. Samuel, Thomas, Dan- 
iel and William lived to be men, and died- in town. Mrs. 
Runnels died in Candia, Feb. 15, 1854, aged 59. Mrs. 
William S. Carlton lives in town. Also Andrew J. Roberts 
and Mrs. Samuel S. Smart, children by a second wife. 
John II. lived at the Island, in Candia, and lately moved to 
this town near riiincas Gilman's. Me has taken the name 
Harrison, instead of Roberts. 

Sanborn. ^The progenitor of the family in America was 
John Sanborn of England, who married a daughter of Rev. 
Stephen Bachiler. He died in 1632, and that year she 
came over with her father, and was at Hampton in 1638* 
Three sons, John, William and Stephen came with her, but 
Stephen soon went back. Some of the descendants of John 
and William setded in Sanbornton and from them the town 
took its name when incorporated in 1770. 

Moses Sanborn settled in Raymond. It is said he was 
born in Sanbornton long before it was incorporated, some 
of the name living there before 1740. He settled here on 
what is now called the Leavitt place, near Horace Brown's. 
He went into the army of the Revolution, was a Sergeant in 
Capt. John Dearborn's company, and died in the service in 

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1778. We have good authority for saying his chfldrea 
were bom here. They were, Molly, Abigail. Catharinet 
Daniel, Lovey, Moses, John C, Stephen, Anna B. and Ben- 
jamin. Most, if not all of them, left town. Moses was a 
Major in the Milita and a soldier in the war of 1812. Some of 
the sons settled in Maine. Stephen died in Vienna. Me.. 

Aug. 9, 1854, ag«* 77- 

Probably this family became extinct in town. One bear- 
ing this name lived in what is now Mr. Tufts*8 field, near 
Lieut John E. Cram's, perhaps before the year z8oo, but 
we have no account of him. He might have been of Ser- 
geant Moses Sanborn's family. 

Dearborn Sanborn married Miss Cram, daughter of Ben- 
jamin Cram. It is said he lived in town a while. A 
daughter of his is the wife of LfCvi S. Brown*. 

Elijah Sanbocn, in the Branch district, is of the laige 
family of the name in the lower part of Chester and in Fre- 

Prof. Dyer H. Sanborn, who died in Hopkinton a few 
years since, had made extensive researches in the genealogy 
of the Sanborn family. In a letter, he informed us he 
had brought the work, from John of Derbyshire, England, 
down through eight generations. We hope it is in tlie 
hands of some one who will complete it and have it published. 

Shannon. Persons of this name were here for some 
time till less than fifty years ago. A family lived on the 
place where Garland Wason does. April 13, 1829, Henry 
Shannon was married to Anna Towle, both of this town. 
Some more than fifty years ago, Moses Shannon, a deaf 
mute, was living here. His home was in the family of John 
Leavitt, near where Nutter & Co*s mills now are. He wag 
the first deaf mute we have an account of here. He after- 
wards lived in Candia, where he died. 

Smith. Those of the name who have lived here have 
been of different branches of the great Smith family. Jacob, 
on Oak Hill, wds from Epping. 

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Jonathan, father of Dean, was from Fremont. He was a 
very quiet man ; the tonCs of his voice were naturally low, 
rising only above a loud whisper, hence some mirthfully 
called him ** noisy Jonathan.'* But he heeded them not. 

The largest family was that of Samufel Smith, who came 
from Poplin, now Fremont, where, if not all, of his 
children were born, and lived where II. G. and T. F. Mc- 
Clure live. The children were nine sons and four daugh- 
ters. Of the sons who lived here or near were Samuel, 
father of the first wife of Samuel F. West; Josiah, father of 
Mrs. James B. Spencer ; Mrs. Alvin Fogg, of Epping ; Mrs. 
Swasey of ICxeler, and others. Of Henry, father of John 
Smith, and Jonathan, father of A. Bean Smith, we have not 
a full account, but the time of the deaths of most of them 
may be found in the Chapter of deaths. Elizabeth and Sa- 
rah were the first and second wives of Benjamin Dudley, of 
Mount Vernon, Me. Sarah, however, was a widow when 
Mr. Dudley married her, her first husband having been 
Isaac Tucker. Of their children were the L'lte Barnard 
Tucker, Gen. Henry Tucker, the widow of Benj. B. Gil- 
man, and others. 

Smart. A little way east of the road from George S. 
Robie's, on pasture land owned by Ebenezer and Josiah C. 
Prescott, a lot was originally in the name of Smart. The 
remains of an orchard, walled fields and a cellar are still 

The first of the Smart family here was Richard. It is 
thought he lived on the lot mentioned. Benjamin, his son, 
lived on the north side, east of Break Neck Hill. There is a 
record thus : ** Nathaniel, son of Benjamin Smart and Thank- 
ful, his wifcj was born Nov. 7, 1763." lie married and 
later moved to New Chester, now called Hill, where liG died 
after 1830. Jeremiah, a brother, married a Tandy of Deer- 
field, lived in the neighborhood of his father, but later in 
Nottingham on the road to the mountains. Descendants of 
Nathaniel and Jeremiah are now in town. 

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SwBATT. Some of this name were here till after z8i5» 
living on the place where William S. Carleton does. Thejr 
moved from town. 

Sticknbt. William Stickney came from England ia 
1637, and waa among the first settlers in Rowley, Mass.. 
in 1639. His son, Amos, setded in Newbury. A descend- 
ant, two or three generations later, named John, came to 
Epping. He had a son, Amos, a farmer and tailor. Two 
twin daughters married in Raymond, Mary to John Her- 
man, Susan to Joseph Tilton. Their husbands havin]|r died, 
Maiy married Joseph Brown in the Gile district, and Susan 
Joseph Brown on the Harriman road. — ^Amos Stickney, of 
Epping, son of the first Amos there, had three dau]|rhtera 
married in Raymond. Belinda married Jonathan Woodman, 
Caroline M. married John W. Robie, and Elizabedi nmrricd 
Elbridge G. Brown. 

Reuben Stickney lived in Raymond in the time of the 
Revolutionary war, and went into the service. On some of 
the army rolls his name is spelled '^ Sticknee.* He lived 
on the road about half a mile beyond Martin V. B. Gile's, 
on land owned by the Curriers. Remains of the cellar and 
orchard are still seen. 

John Stickney, brotlier of the first Amos of Epping, lived 
here a year or two, and died, March 30, 1835, of small pox, 
aged 66. He was buried in the pasture of David Page, 
not far from the Nay house. lie had been a ship carpen- 

Shaw. Nathaniel Shaw lived where Ebenezer C. Os- 
good did in late years. On a rock in his pasture, Rev. 
Jeremiah Ballard preached about the year 1800. It is said 
Rev. Elias Smith also preached there. This Shaw left 
town and we think went to Maine. — Not far from the time 
the town was incorporated, a part of lot No. 37, where 
Ilazen Bachelder lives, was laid out to Samuel Shaw. It 
is not known that he lived there, but the hill just east of 
Mr. Bachelder's house was long known as •* Shaw Hill." 


In a record we also find it called •* Sled IIiU." Perhaps a 
sled might have been broken there. Just below Benjamin 
Cram's, the hill where the old road us^d to be was called 
** Shaw Hill." 

Spinney. J. Spinney, the head of the family of the name 
here was from Elliot, Me. He lived near where his son 
William now does. The late Mrs. Daniel Baglcy was .a 
daughter. Mrs. Oren Towle is also a daughter. 

Thrasher. Henry Thrasher lived in Hampton. He 
had a son David, born March 7, 1765. He came to Ray- 
niond, married Phebe, daughter of Stephen Prescott, who 
lived where George S. Robic does, sellled where a cellar is 
seen east of Levi Moulton, and after some years moved to 
Candia. The number of children was ten. True, Elisha 
and Henry were born here, and probably others. Henry is 
still living in Candia, aged 83. His wife was Betsy Taylor, 
daughter of John Taylor of Candia, whose death was 
caused by a cart wheel previous to 1824. David Thrasher's 
youngest children were daughters. Betsy married Daniel 
Kelly and settled in Wentworth. A sister of Mr. Kelly 
was the wife of the late James Jenness of Epping. Sally 
Thrasher married Cyrus Osborn, and settled in Piermont. 
Phebe died in Candia. 

Towle. The Towle family is one of the oldest in town. 
By reference to an account of early settlements, on page 19, 
it will be seen that Elisha Towle came here in 1751. Some 
of the name have been -here ever since, although not in the 
same family line of descent. 

Elisha Towle is called Captain in the town records. His 
house stood a little north of where the late Col. Lyba Brown 
lived. Late in life, Oct. 8, 1794* he married Widow Amel- 
ia Welch, and died. The only children whose names we 
have found, were William, who remained on the home place, 
and Daniel, who lived near Governor's pond where John 
Smith lives. 

Ensign William Towle's wife was Elizabetli. All other 


information we have is that a son was bom Feb. 37, 19829 
and she died July la, of the same year, leaving fliia childt 
named John, This son went to Maine, in after years, and 
was killed by the falling of a tree. 

Ens. Towle married, second, a woman named Abigafl. 
She had been a school-teacher in the Page, and perbapa 
other, districts. She was a woman of more than ****—*"***- 
powers of mind. Some now living recollect her. At times, 
after z8z5« she was insane. Then she was indined to be 
away from home, visiting acquaintances. But these aeaauns 
were only temporary. The children were : 

1. Elizabeth, b. March 3, 1788, married SQas Wiilqr- 

2. Amelia, b. Sept. 20, 1791, married Jeremiah Chand- 

3. Sarah, b. Sept. 14, 1792, died young. 

4. Nathaniel, b. Feb. 4, 1794- 

5* Elisha, b. March 7, zSoz, married Susan, daughter of 
Josiah Brown, lived in the old house now standing near 
Ebenezer Prescott's ; afterwards moved to Maine. 

Daniel Towle lived near Govemor^s pond. Of his chil-* 
dren, no full account is at hand. Jeremiah lived on the 
homestead, but sold and went to Maine. He was a man of 
large frame, and, as extremes sometimes meet, he married 
a wife uncommonly small in person. 

Capt. James Towle was from Hawke, now Danville, and 
is said to have been a nephew of Capt. Elisha Towle. He 
lived on the place where Mr. Mack now lives, at the 

Serg. William Towle was from Epping. It is said he 
lived on the north side of the town after coming here, near 
where Samuel West now lives. Afterwards he settled near 
the village, his house standing where the Willard house 
now does. He was a soldier in the war of the Revolution, 
and a man of great energy. He was a pensioner for many 
years, and died March 28, 1825, aged 85. 

^Serg. Towle married a daughter of Benjamin Prescott, 


who lived east of the Harriman road in what has since been 
thfi Blake field, afterwards just above David Pecker's, on the 
south side of the road, i 'He had a brother Philemon, hence 
that name in Sargeant Towle's family. Mr. Towle*s wife 
died Nov. 25, 1820. Of their children, Philemon lived in 
town, then in Rumney and afterwards here again. William 
followed on the home place. Mrs. Asa K. Poor and Mrs. 
Luther True are daughters. Another daughter of Sargeant 
Towle married Mr. Bliss and went from town. Mehitable 
married Stephen Smith, and settled at Oak Hill. Of their 
children, only Oliver lives in town. Jacob, and Eliza, who 
married £. II. Giddings, live in Exeter. Irene married, and 
lives in Manchester. Dolly, William and Stephen have 

Widow Mehitable Smith is the oldest person belonging to 
this, town, but she resides mostly at Exeter. She will be 
96 this year. Her husband was Stephen, son of Jacob, on 
Oak Hill. Elisha Towle was from Candia, and lived at the 
Green. Mrs. Dodge, a daughter, also lives there. How- 
ard and Oren Towle were sons of Elisha. 

TiTCOMu. William Titcomb was from Amesbury in 
1823. He lived first where Nutter & Go's mills are; now 
above York's corner. His son Warren and the wife of John 
W. L. Robie live in that neighborhood. Another son lives 
in Boston, is an artist, and drew the pictures of the Dudley 
Mansion and Dudley mills which have been engraved and 
inserted in this book. They are excellent copies and well 
exhibit his skill. His name is William H. 

Varnum. James Varnum was in Chester, and appears 
to have had seven children. One named Abigail married 
Ezckicl Lane and settled in Raymond. This was the 
Ezekiel named as killed in the war of the Revolution. 
John, son of James, married Elizabeth Patten, of Candia, 
and lived in the Wason district in this town. We find men- 
tion of five children. Martha became the second wife of 
Alexander McClure. Peter Varnum was a familiar name 


here for^ or more years ago. " Pete Vamnm * he 
more generally call^. Thongh of a stoat, healdiy Mlad 
strong appearance, he had no disposition to work or attend 
to any buriness. He roved about, subsisting on such fiue 
as he could get. Sometimes he would hire out fiir a §bw 
days and get some cast-H^fT cloihes, which he would j^Sm^t**^ 
mend after a fashion. He was chargeable to the town, andv 
for a series of years, he was disposed of by vendiie in town 
meeting, the price frequently being as low as five doUan 
per year. The one agreeing to secure the town firom aD 
expense on his account for that sum would put a notice ia 
a paper, forbidding aU persons ^* harboring or tmadng,* 
&c., and that might be the end of it, as he might not 
<< Pete ** for the year ; or if he did happen along, die 
tractor would set him to work, but after cUnner, or the next 
morning after breakfast, Peter would be missing. His near 
relatives were mostly dead at the time of his death, which 
was Jan. 17, i860, at the age of 79. No kind hand was 
near to smooth the pillow of death. In fact he had no fnl- 
low but the ground, as he died by exposure. 

WniTTiER. Reuben Whittier is supposed to have been 
from Newton. lie and his wife Mary had eleven children, 
bom between 1740 and 1758. Probably a number of them 
were born in some other place. His was lot No. 30. in the 
south-east corner of the town, now in possession 'of Horace 

Benjamin Whittier was active in the time of the Revolu- 
tion. He lived in that part of the town, we think, on or 
near tlie road that leads, by Addison Green's, to Ches- 

Richard Whittier lived in Brentwood. It is said he lived 
in Raymond in his later years. He had a son, Aaron, bom in 
Brentwood, who came here and lived on lot No. 30, al- 
ready named. He was a diligent, enterprising, successful 
farmer, and while he minded his own business well, he was 
generous and obliging to others. He died on that place. 


His widow lived to be 90 or more years, but died at her 
daughter's, Mrs. Josiah Robinson's, in Fremont. 

They had a number of children, but, in the absence of 
records, no full particulars can be given. Edmund, a son, 
followed him on the home place, was a good farmer, one of 
the Selectmen, and Representative two years. He died. 
His wife was a daughter of Samuel Poor, and is noticed in 
the genealogy of the Poor family. Of the children, Otis 
H. lives in Hampton, Horace on the home place, Mrs. John 
F. Lane in the village, and one or two younger in Western 
New York. 

Another son of Aaron Whittier was the late John Whittier, 
an active business man, of Fremont. Mrs. Josiah Robinson 
of Fremont, and Mrs. Isaac Poor of Newbury, Mass., are 

Mr. Aaron Whittier's father, Richard, had a brother Dan- 
iel. This Daniel had a son, Josiah, who lived once in the 
westerly part of this town. Josiah, now living near the vil- 
lage, was a son, born in town, and Aaron W. Whittier, in 
the village, was another. Others live in Deerfield, where 
the parents died. 

Wendell. William Wendell was born ip Greenland* 
The name was in Rhode Island, and a towa in New Hamp- 
shire was incorporated in 1781, and, in honor of John Wen- 
dell, a proprietor, was named Wendell. In 1850, its name 
was changed to Sunapec. William Wendell married Miss 
Todd of this town. Daniel, who lives in the village, was a 
son. George, on Long Hill, was a grandson, his father 
having been Elias. 

York. Jacob York was born in Lee, Dec. 26, 1765, 
married Judith Tulllcof that town, settled here after i^go. 
His wife died July i, 1847, and he died Sept. 13, 1856. 
Levi, the oldest son, was born in Aug., 1792. He setded 
in town, but afterwards moved away. There were ten 
children in all. Comfort, Ahaz and Lydia died here. 
Others scattered to different places. But two are now liv- 

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ing, Mrs. David Bunker of Epping, who, April 25, 1875, 
had been married sixty years, and Mrs. Webb, of Keene. 
The York name ia now extinct in town. Mrs. James F. 
Hackett, in the vilhigc, and Mra. Elislia T. Gile, on llie 
old York place, are great grandchildren of Jacob York* 
Another, Mrs. Moore, lives in Epping. 

On page 179,13 the account of Levi S, Brown, who lived, 

as there stated, where his son, Levi S., does. It should 

, have been mentioned that, besides Levi S., another son b 

Samuel, for more than twenty-five years a resident in tlie 

West, where he is largely engaged in farming. 

On Page 198, we find, since it was in print, that the ac- 
count of David Dearborn's family is not sufficiently full. It 
was the large family of thirteen children, as follows: Mrs. 
Joseph M. Young, Candia ; Mrs. J. S. James, Raymond; 
Thomas B. ; Moses W. ; Sarah A. married Samuel Rey- 
nolds and died ; David F. lives in Haverhill, Mass. ; Joseph 
V. B. lives here ; John IL ; James M. ; George II. ; Mrs. 
William H. Ferren ; Lavinia F. ; Ellen M. Some besides 
those named as having died are also dead, and their fleatha 
may be found in the next chapter. 

Thus ends our long chapter on genealogy. Pope says, 
" The proper study of mankind is man." We have had 
quite a lesson in this, and have found it wonderfully inter- 
esting. In the best of books, the Most High says, ** I will 
make a man more precious than fine gold ; even a man than 
the golden wedge of Opbir." lie has done all that he said 
he would. 






1776. Daniel Welster's wife, June ; Robert Page's child ; 
Daniel Gale, Sept. 6 ; child of Nicholas Oilman, Sept. 26. 

1767. Child of Josiah Fogg, Jan. i ; Enoch Fogg's wife, 
Jan. 14 ; child of Joseph Gile ; child of William Towle, 
May 15 ; Matthew Bachelder, June 30 ; Enoch Fogg's son, 
July ; Henry Flood, Oct, 3 ; child of Mr. Carr, Nov. 

1768. Child of Ebcnczer Cram, May 22 ; child of Dan- 
iel Pevere. 

1769. Child of Lieutenant Bean, Jan. 2 ; child of Moses 
Cass, Jan. ; Moses Cass's wife, Jan. 29 ; child ol John Lov- 
ering, Oct. 4. 

1770. James Moore; child of Daniel Gordon, Feb. 19^; 
John Palmer, June 26 ; child of John Wells, Aug. 

1771. Child of Benjamin Cram, Jan. 19; "Margaret 
Scribner, March 29 ; child of Nehemiah Leavitt ; child of 
C. Dolloff; Josiah Fogg's wife. May 18. 

1772. Samuel Brown's wife, Feb. 15 ; Mr. Palmer, Feb. 
24 ; Nathaniel Bean, Feb. 2? j child of Mr. Pollard, Feb. 
27 ; John Magoon, Feb. 28 ; child of Robert Page, April 

•3 ; child of Robert Page ; child of John Lovering, April } 
John Fullonton's wife, April 8 ; Sanborn Cram's wife. May 
15 ; child of Sanborn Cram, May 15 ; child of John Roberts; 
Philemon Prescott's wife, Aug. 15 ; child of Samuel Phil- 
brick, Nov. I. 


I773' Child of Pollard, Jan. ; son of Robert Page, Jan. 
29 ; child of John Roberts ; child of John Fullonton, Aug. 
15; mother of Mr. Todd, Scpty; Sarah Pike, Sept. 23; 
8on of Moses Cnss' wife, Nov. 20; Jonntlian lloyt's wiCe^ 
Dec. 15. 

1774. Child of Nicholas Gilman, Jan. 22 ; child of Ell 
Tbomas, June S; Philemon Prescott, June ; child of Noyet 
Pevere, Oct, 10; Clement Moody, Oct. 24. 

1775. Child of Widow Palmer, Sept. ; child of Eph- 
raim Currier, Sept. 22. 

1776. John Sweatt, Jan. 9; child ot John Bachelder, 
April ; child of Joseph Cass, June 4 ; cliild of Reuben Til- 
ton, Oct. 23. 

1777. Childof Joseph Clifford, Jan. 6 J child of Joseph 
Clifford, Jan. II ; Widow Bachelder, 89, Feb. 6; child of 
Jeremiah Conner, ^f arch 2 ; child of Daniel Norris, April 
8 ; child of Clement Moody, May; child of Eliphnlet Fol- 
80m; child of Josiah MouUon, June ; child of Susan CHough, 
Sept ; son of Benjamin Fox, Oct. 15 ; child of Moses Whit- 
tier, Nov S ; child of Moses Whitder, Nov. 14 ; child of 
Widow Lane, Nov. ; child of Levi Alenill, Nov. a6. 

1778. Child of John Roberta, Feb. 37 ; Jonathan Hoyt, . 
March i ; Widow Fullonton, March; childof John Leavitt, 
Jf., July; child of Joseph Gtiddcn, Aug. 20; John Gale, 
Aug. 28 ; child of Josiah Moulton, Aug. 29 ; child of Nicho- 
las Gilman, Sept. 17 ; child of A. McClure, Sept. ao ; chQd 

. of A. McClure Sept. 23 ; [two children of A. McCliii«, 
Oct. twins; child of Samuel Poor, Oct. 21; child <^ 
Samuel Poor, Nov. 22 ; child of Alexander Smith, Dec 

1779. Child of William Towle, Jan. 10; Mr. Tuckei's 
wife, April; child of Josiah Moulton, Sept. 13; child of 
Reuben Tilton, Dec. 

1780. .Child of Samuel Nay, Jan.; Mr. Smith's wife. 
April; Ezekiel Smith, Oct. 31; son of Ebeneser ■ Cram, 
Nov. 23; child of Josiah Moulton, Dec. 2; Elijah GOes, 


(drowned) Dec. i8 ; Daniel Lane's wife, Dec. ; child of 
Widow Lovering, Dec. 

1781. Benjamin Prescott's wife, March 31 ; • Samuel 
Chapman's wife. May 11 ; child of Ebenezer Poor, June 5 ; 
Deborah Fogg, July 5 ; John Folsom's wife, July 21 ; Ste- 
phen Fogg, Sept. 29. 

1782. Child of Ebenezer Osgood, Feb. 27 ; daughter of 
Daniel Holman, March ; Elisha Towle*s wife, July 12 ; child 
of Anthony Clifford ; child of Eliphalet Folsom, July ; child 
of Ebenezer Prescott, Aug. 30 ; child of Samuel Moore ; 
child of Matthias Hains,(drowned,)Dec. 10 ; child of Thom- 
as Bean, Dec. 20 ; child of Thomas Bean, Dec. 24. 

1783. John Robinson, Jan. 12 ; one black child, Jan. 16 ; 
child of Samuel Chapman, Feb. 21 ; Widow Robinson, July 
20 ; Jedediah Brown, Aug. 7 ; Caleb Towle, Sept. 12 ; Abi- 
gail Joy, Sept. 20, grandmother of Captain Daniel Lover- 
ing ; Widow Mary Gomery, Nov. 20 ; Lieutenant Bean's 
wife, Dec. 17. 

1784. Child of William Furnald, Jan. 13 ; child of Dan- 
iel Todd, Jan. 23 ; Joseph Cram, Feb. 21 ; Ezekiel Hol- 
man's wife, Feb. 29; Elisha Towle, Jr., July 21 ; child ot 
Nathan Robie, Oct. 6; child of William Towle, Jr., Dec. 

1785. Wife of William Towle, Jr., Jan. 4 ; child of Jq- 
siah Robinson, May ; child of Israel Griffm ; Christopher 
Richardson, Dec. 22. 

1786. Child of Samuel Nay, Jan. 17 ; child of Ebenezer 
Osgood, Feb. 5 ; Daniel Gordon's wife, 79, March 9 ; Dan- 

• iel Gordon, 81, April 16 ; Nicholas Gilman, April 30; child 
of Josiah Glidden, May 7 ; Ebenezer Osgood's wife. May 
19 ; Enoch Fogg, July 27 ; Jonathan Brown, Aug. 5 ; Israel 
Griflin, Aug. 13; child of Hannah Gordon, Sept. 30; 
Sarah Moody, Oct. 4 ; child of Ilosea Bean, Oct. 31; child 
of Josiah Robinson, Nov. 19. 

1787. Child of William S. Healey, March 8; John 
Rains' wife, Marc|j 11 ; W. S. Healey's daughter, March 

15 ; Danid Moody's wife, March 19; child of S. Heal^y 
May;diildof Bfr. Waten, June ; Widow Sanborn's daogh- 
ter, Jiine 10; child of Joseph White, Jone zo; diildof 
Elisba Towle, Jane 11 ; Gordon Leavitt ; John HaclmlifciV 
wife, June 16 ; child of Widow Griflbi, June 17 5 diild of 
Benjamin Cram, June 21 ; child of Jonathan Swain, Jnne ai ; 
chfld of John Chapman, July 5 ; child of Thomaa Bean ; 
child of Ebenezer Osgood ; child of Widow Griffin, Oct.6; 
Widow Thurston, Nov. I2. 

1788. John Stevens* son, Jan. 2 ; child of Captain ToddL 
Jan. 19 ; child of Captain Todd, Jan. 22 ; child of ^^ffftf trr 
Poor, June zo ; child of Mr. Marsh, July 14 ; Panud CliqH 
man, Sept. 7 ; child of Samuel Chapman, Oct. 14 ; child of 
Theophilus Lovering, Nov. 2. 

1789. Jonas Clay, Jan. 10 ; Benjamin IVesoott, Jan. 24 ; 
child of Exekiel Holman, Jan. 27 ; child of Thomaa Dud- 
ley, July 18; child of Enoch Osgood s child of Aaa IlaiTi- 
man ; child of Philemon Towle, Dec 

1790. Amos Kimball, Jan. 16 ; John Leavitt, Jan. 25 ; 
wife of John Smith, Jr., Jan. 25 ; child of Josiah Lane, Feb. 
4 ; child of Widow Torrey, March 12 ; Reuben Whitticr, 
March 28 ; John Folsom, April 8 ; Widow Thurston, July 
5 ; Widow Brown, 51, Sept. 21 ; child of Susan Bean, Nov. 
14 ; Lieutenant Thomas Merrill, 44, Nov. 15. 

1791. Child of Ebenezer Osgood, Jan. 6 ; wife of Daniel 
Holman, March 8 ; wife of Daniel Clay, May 3 ; child of 
John Fox, Oct 4 ; Major Josiah Fogg, Oct 6 ; Joseph Dud- 
ley, Dec. 14 ; Henry Thresher, Dec. 18. 

1792. Wife of Captain Towle, Jan. 24 ; child of Humph- 
rey Hook, Jan. 25 ; Mr. •*Ciers'' wife, [probably Currier] 
Feb. 25 ; child of William Towle, Jr., March 17 ; Captain 
Nay's wife, 50, June 10 ; Reuben Prescott*s wife, July i ; S. 
Shannon's wife, Aug. 11 ; John Bachelder, 74, Sept. 25; 
Widow Carr, Oct. 21 ; child of Sarah Richardson, Dec. 

1793. Widow Betty Bean, March 17 ; Daniel Robie, 
April 27; child of Mr. Waters, April ; child of Daniel Dud- 


McClnrc, Jr., May 20; child of Sinwn D.Page, July 25 ; 
child of Samuel MUannoD, Sept. 24 ; child of ^>ainucl Nay, 
Jr., Sept. 8j child of William Diidley, Sept. 20 ; child of 
Ebenezer Tabor, Oci. 1 u Major Coffin, Oct. iS ; chDd of 
Widow Ilealey, Oct. ; child of Daniel Italic, Aug. 20. 

1803. Child of Josiah Smith, Jan. 18 j wife of John Leav- 
itt; Feb. 23; child of Renjamin Dolloff, Feb. 26 ; child of 
Captain Lovering, March 7, afterwards Colonel I-overing ; 
Betsy Pevere, March 16: Lieutenant Benjamin Bean, April 
4 ; Benjamin Dolloff, April 19 ; woman at Ezekiel Roberts, 
May 23 ; Benjamin Cram, 55, May 24 ; John Varnum, June 
8 [ daughter of Captain Lovering, Sept 23 ; Mrs. McNeal. 
Oct. 2 ; child of James Towle, Oct. 2 ; child of Captain 
Lovering, Oct. 2; child of Benjamin Rean, Oct. 24. 

1804. Robert Moore, Jan. 5 ; Daniel Clay, Jan. 9 ,- 
Widow Tandy, Feb. 4 ; Daniel Moody, Feb. 20, killed in a 
saw-mill ; Widow Rhoda Clay, i!ay i ; Abigail Leavitt, 
May 20; Benjamin Fox, Aug. 12 ; Thomas Bean, Sept. 10; 
daughter of Ruth Shaw, Sept. 16. 

1805. Widow Mar>- Thresher, Jan. 26; child of Phioeas 
Gilman, March 8 ; wife of John Dearborn, March 24 ; John 
Dudley, Esq. . May 21 ; Captain Elisha Towle, June a; 
child of Widow Mary Moore, Aug. 4; child or Chase 
Osgood, Aug. 25 ; child of Chase Osgood, Sept. 3 ; Oba- 
diah Griffin, .Sept. 9; Lieut. Samuel Scribner, Sept. 30; 
wife of Humphrey Hook, Oct. ; Thomas Gordon, Nov. 14 ; 
child of Jonathan Lane, Nov. 22 ; Isaac Lane, Nov. az. 

1806. Daughter of Joshua Palmer, Feb. 11; wife of 
Samuel Tilton, March 25 ; child of Thomas Dearborn ; 
widow of Judge Dudley, May 13 ; Widow DeartxHH, 
JjUy I. 

[ Mr. Swain's health was failing, and he died early the 
next year. The record was continued by his son, Levi 
Swain. ] 

1807. Jonathan Swain, Feb. 20, aged 80 ; Sarah Dudley 
March 13 ; Samuel Healey, March 21 ; Simon Gross''s schi. 


April 15 ; David Lane, Jr., May 13 ; son of Samuel Tilton, 
Nov. II ; John Varnum, Jr., Nov. 14; Charlotte, wife of 
Daniel Moody, Dec. 31. 

1808. Child of Chase Osgood, Jan. 5 ; child of Daniel 
Towle, Jan. 12 ; Widow Betty Fox, Feb. 9 ; child of Nathan- 
iel Dearborn, Feb. 14; child of Daniel Norton, June 30; 
Josiah Moulton's wife, Sept. 4 ; Peggy Clay, Nov. 22 ; Dan- 
iel Richardson, Nov. 29; Isaac Tucker, Dec. 16. 

1809. Widow Kimball, Jan. 27 ; Richard Whittier, Feb, 
24 ; child of John Folsom ; Lieutenant Jonathan Dearborn's 
wife, March i ; child of Josicih Davis, March 28; boy of 
Simon Gross, April ; child of Widow Richardson, May 12 ; 
Sanders Carr, May 18 ; Daniel Holman. July 25 ; daughter 
of Caleb Smith, Aug. 4 ; wife of J. Bennett, Aug. 6 ; Betty 
Healey, Sept. 19 ; Creasy Morse, Oct. 28 ; wife of Deacon 
Ebenezer Cram, Nov. 27 ; cliild of Mr. James Dudley, Nov. 

1810. Reuben Prescott, Feb. 12; Joseph. Blake, March 
9, father of Sherburn Blake, Esq. ; Betty Prescott, Aug. 


181 1. Samuel Peavey, 96, Jan, 14 ; Hitty Dearborn, Jan. 

23 ; wife of Colonel Ebenezer Cram, Jr., March 3 ; boy of 
J. Towle, March 15 ; Samuel Smith, March 31 ; child of D. 
Towle, Jr., Aug. 9 ; wife of Simon Gross, Sept. 15 ; Sam- 
uel Francis, Sept. 24 ; Widow Pollard, Nov. 16 ; Axy 
Moore, Dec. 7 ; Nathan Robie, Dec. 12; William Moore, 
Dec. 14. 

1812. Dr. Francis Hodgkins, Oct. 8; child of Jonathan 
Cram, Oct. 10; child of A. McClure, Jr. ; wife of A. Mc- 
Clure, Jr., Nov. 28; J. Bennett's wife, Nov. 28. 

1813. Wife of John Prescott, March 4; John Lane, 
March 11 ; chihl of Peter Abbott, April 23 ; child of James 
Dudley, April 15 ; Eleanor MgClurc, Sept. 3 ; Ephraim 
Morse, Oct. 17 ; William Runnels, Dec. 28. 

1814. Widow Carr, Feb. 3 ; wife of D. Pevere, Jr., 
April 6 ; child of John Prescott, April 9 ; Samuel Healey, 
May 2 ; Major Josiah Fogg's widow. May 10 ; wife of D&vid 

Carr, May 15 ; chUd of Ebeneser Cram, Jr., July da ; Simott 
Page's son, Robert, Sept. 4 ; child of John Roberts, Sept. 
20 ; son of Widow Lane, Sept. 24 ; Widow Sarah Smith, 
Nov. 9. 

1815. Child of William Wendell, March 9: chfld of 
Enos Hoyt, March 14 ; Betty Miller, June i ; Fanny Mc- 
Clure, July 3 ; Ebenezer Cram's child, Aug. 9 ; wife of Jo- 
sialf Hook, Oct. 20, aged 35 ; child of John Moore ; child 
of T. Dudley ; child of J. Davis ; Widow Richardson, Oct. 
30 ; James Miller, Nov. 7 ; wife of John Stevens, Nov. 9 ; 
Daniel Whittier, Dec. 3 ; child of Joshua Hodgkins, Decem- 
ber 29. 

1816. Joan Stevens, Jan 8 ; child of John Sweatt ; chfld 
of John Moore; child of 'Ebeneser Cram; child of D. 
Towle ; \^dow Prescott, March 29 ; John Stevens, April 
12 ; Jonathan Holman, April 29, and Patten Holman, May 
3, twins ; two children of John Rolxsrts, May, twins ; LicuU 
Jeremiah Holman, Aug. 20 ; \^dow Towle, Nov. 10 ; Gid- 
eon Currier, Jr., Nuv. 25 ; wife of Elisha Towle, Dec. 6; 
child of Dr. Trull, Dec. 27 ; Robert Page, Dec. 31, aged 


1817. Child of Jesse Flood, Jan 26 ; Simon Page's wife, 
March 22 ; child of Stephen Tucker, April 21 ; Captain 
John Fullonton, June 14, aged 87 ; Daniel Pervear, June 
21 ; Phineas Healey, July 5; Widow McClure, July 9; 
child of R. Whittier, July 13 ; child of Ed- Gleason, Sept. 
21, drowned in a well ; Capt. Samuel Nay, Oct. i ; Betsy 
Holman, Oct. 28 ; Joshua Hodgkins, Dec. 10. 

1818. Asa Heath's wife, Jan. 24 ; Jonathan Lane, Jr. , 
March 10; Robert Runnels, April 16; Calvin Brown, Aug. 
4 ; Samuel Tilton's wife, Aug. 13 ; Daniel Lane's wife, Aug. 
28; Samuel Locke, Oct. 22; Isaac Tucker, Jr., Nov. 18; 
Daniel Lovering, Jr's., wife, Nov. 24; Manoah Scribner, 
Dec. 8. 

1819. Jesse Ilarriman's child, Jan. 6; Molly McClure, 
Jan. 25 ; William Clifford's daughter, Jan. 28; Dea. Ebep* 

c/.cr Cram, Feb. 7 ; Ebcnczcr Poor, Feb. 16 ; John Wal- 
lace's child, Feb. 25 ; Stephen Tucker's child, March 31 ; 
Sarah Clifford, April 2 ; Widow Martha Holman, April 28 ; 
Widow Lovey Stevens, May 2 ; Widow Rachel Fullonton, 
May 24; Asa Harriman, July i ; William Wendell's child, 
Nov. 28; Benjamin Clifford's child, Dec. 7. 

1820. Susan Bachelder, Amos's daughter, Feb. 9 ; Jo- 
siah Lane, Feb. 19 ; Gilmah Gordon ; Emily Bean, Sept. 
23 ; Eliphalet Folsom, Sept. 26 ; Oren Brown, Sept. 29 ; 
Jonathan Nay's child, Oct. 14 ; Susanna Brown, David's 
daughter, Nov. 6 ; Josiah Brown's wife, Nov. 11 ; William 
Towle's wife, Nov. 25. 

1821. Jesse Emerson, Feb. 27 ; Moses Woodman's child, 
March 19 ; Robert Patten's child ; Smith York, July 13 ; 
Nancy Lane, Nov. 6; Eleanor Brown's child, Nov. 9; 
Mary Richardson, Dec. 6 ; Daniel Young's wife, Dec. 9. 

1822. Mrs. Severance, Feb. 8; John Norris's wife, April 
5 ; Ezekiel Roberts' wife, April 17 ; Thomas Shannon's wife, 
May 10; Thomas Miller, May 30; Isaiah Cram's childi 
June 26 ; son of John Dearborn, Jr., July 7 ; N. Smith, July ; 
William Clifford's wife, July 22 ; Jacob Clifford, Aug. 28 ; 
Widow Lydia Sessions, Oct. 2 ; John Leavitt, Dec. 25. 

1823. John Dearborn, Jan. 9 ; Samuel Gile, Feb, aged 
18 years ; Peter Mitchell, March 6 ; Mr. Adams, March 13 ; 
Josiah Fogg's child, April 15 ; Benjamin Berry, April 22 ; 
Widow Tucker, May 20; child of Mr. Rollins, Sept 17; 
Josiah Miller's wife, Sept 20 ; Levij,Page's boy, Oct. 5 ; John 
Bachelder's wife, Oct. 15 ; Samuel Roberts' wife, Nov. 15 ; 
Joseph Robie's daughter, Nov. 24 ; Thomas Leavitt's boy, 
Dec. 19; Deacon Samuel Nay's wife, Dec. 23. 

1824. Moses C. Magoou's child Jan. 5 ; Moses C. Ma- 
goon's child, Feb. 5 ; James Norris' wife, April 10 ; Alexan- 
der McClure's child, April 30 ; Benjamin Rowe, May 17 ; 
Asa Currier's child. May 26 ; Jedediah Nay's child, July 19 ; 
Collins Robie, July 24 ; Jedediah Nay. Aug. 4 ; David Fox's 
child Aug. 13 ; Shuah liobie, Aug. 20 ; David Lane, Aug. 


23 ; William Fogg, son of Josiah, Sept. 16 ; daughter of Jo- 
siah Fogg, Oct. 6; Nancy Richardson, OcL 17 ; Chnse Os- 
good, Oct 27 ; Jesse llnrriman's wife, Nov. 13 ; Widow Ro- 
bie, Nov. 17, wife of the first Daniel. 

1825. Dr. Rowell's cliild, Jan. I ; two clitldren of Mr. 
Mender, twins, Jan, 20; EHzabetli TowlcV child, Peb. 4: 
old Mrs. Marriman. Feb. 6; Samuel Nay's child, March a; 
John W. Locke, March 11 ; D*anicl Lane, March 28, 89 
years ; William Towle.March 28, aged 85 ; Enos Iloyt, Jr., 
June 24 ; Abigail McClure. July 15 ; Thomas Roberts' child, 
July 15 ; Smith Kealey's child, July 15 ; Pliebe Healey's 
girl, July 24; Charles Osgood, son of Stephen, Aug. 29; 
Henry Osgood's cliild, Aug. 31 ; Alba Osgood, son of Ste- 
phen, Sept. 19; Jiicob Davis's child, Sept. 29; Josiah Afoul- 
ton, Oct. 10, father of Levi ; Enos I loyt, Oct, 1 1 ; Stephen 
Robinson's child, Oct. 9 ijacoh Dow's child.Oct. ili ; Stephen 
Robinson's child, Oct. 17; Henry Osgood's wife, Oct. 251 
Betsy Lane, Oct. 27; Joseph Dudley, aged 75, Oct. 28; 
Jeremiah Gross, Oct. 31 ; Stephen Prescott's wife, Nov. 2 ; 
Abraham Smith, Dec. 22. 

[The record kept by Levi Swain was continued m:niv 
years longer. One was kepi by David Page, £benezer C. 
Osgood, Timothy Osgood, and John Dearborn, but that by 
Jeremiah Fullonton is copied, being more full and giving 
ages. The others have been consulted. ] 

1826, Jan,, Samuel Moody's child, 8 years ; Feb., 
Widow Hannah Lane ; Feb. 28, Dudley Rowe ; March i ; 
Lieutenant Jonathan Dearborn, 84 years; March 10, Uaiy 
Hook; March 11, Elbridge llrown ; Mnrch 13, Sally Robic. 
18 years ; March, Mrs. Hrown, wife of I^vi ; April y, Suel 
Abbott's child, 2 weeks; April, E. Worthen's wife; April 
12, D. Towle's child, 12 years ; April 18, Mrs. Dudley, ey 
years, wife of James; May 17, Daniel Robie; May 24, 
Reuben Tilton; Aug. 5, Mrs. Smart; Aug. 30, J. Richard- 
son; Sept,, John Page's child, 17 months; Oct. 3, Gilman 
Lovering's child ; Oct. 7, J. Lovering's child; Nov., Mrs. 


DollofF's child; Dec. i6, James Thurston, 31 years; Dec. 
24, B. Healey. 

1827. Feb. 13, Anna Peavey ; March, Samuel Smith ; 
March 7, Samuel Tilton, 49 years; March 8, R. Healey ; 
March 19, Mrs. Currier, wife of Gideon ; April 24, Eph- 
raim Abbott; May, Mrs. Shepherd; June i, Jonathan 
Brown's child; June 22, Benjamin Towle; June, Smith 
Healey; Aug., Sarah Kimball; Aug. 23, Atwood Tilton, 
son of Joseph ; Oct. 19, Mrs. Poor ; Oct. 26, John Lover- 
iug's child ; Nov. i, John Robie, 21 years ; Nov. 10, Thom- 
as Roberts' child ; Nov. 17, Mary Dudley, 54, wife of Thom- 
as ; Nov. 30, Widow Tillon 89, widow of Reuben; Dec. 3,. 
Mr. Brown, Joseph of Poplin, died here; Dec, 31, Daniel 

1828. Jan., S. Robinson's child ; Jan. 23, Daniel Robie's 
child, 2 years; Jan. 30, John Bachelder's child ; Feb. 7, 
Amos Kimball's child; Feb, 27, Mar}' Folsom, 42, wife of 
John ; March 4, Henry Osgood's child ; March, W. bun- 
ker's child ; April 3, Mrs. Bachelder, wife of Josiah ; April 
17, Mary J. Dudley, 5 weeks, daughter of Joseph ; May 4, 
Stephen Tillon's child; May 23, Thomas Bean's child; 
May 31; Mr Meadcr's child ; June 2, Stephen Prescott, 88 ; 
July 15, Moses James, 20, drowned, belonged in Candia ; 
Aug. 27, Josiah Brown, 57 ; Sept. 27, Mrs. Webster; Oct. 
23, Mrs. Giles, wife of Jesse ; Oct. 25, Mrs. Palfner, wife of 
Joshua ; Oct 30, Daniel Hilton's child; Dec, Samuel Poor; 
Dec. 13, Joseph Brown's child; Dec. 29, Lydia Fullonton, 
wife of Ebenezcr. 

1829. Jan., Mrs. Foot, 70; Jan., Mr. Abbott's child, 2 
years; Jan. 16, Abigail Scribner, 24; March 12, Sally Da- 
vis, 18 ; March 18, Mrs. Roberts, 54, wife of Jolni ; Marcli 
20, Mrs. Towle, wife of Daniel; April, Tliomas Bachelder's 

'child; May 24, Deborah Robie, 31 ; May 26, John Bachel- 
der, 77 ; June, Thomas Roberts' child; July 12, Gilman 
Lovering;' Oct. 29, Rebecca Richardson; Nov. 9, Levi 
Page's child, 6 weeks ; Nov. 27, Jacob Smith, 55, a tran- 

8S6 THX uunoBT 

rient person ; Dec 23. Sarah ])earboni,70» wife of Jonathan. 

1830. Feb., David Gile*8 child ; May az, Abigail Rich- 
ardaon, 45 ; June 8, Samuel Glidden ; Sept. Z49 Sarah J. 
Robie, I year, 10 months ; Sept. 16, Snsan Smith, 40, wife 
of Jonathan ; Oct. 8, Phebe Healey ; Oct 28» Nathan Poor's 
child, 6 years ; Nov. 5, Ira GriflSn, 26; Nov. 89 Nancy 
Smith, 35. 

1831. Jan. 12, Sarah Page, 95, mother of David; Feb., 
Samuel Moody, 39; April 2, Mr. Colby's chiki; April 
Mrs. Wallace, 92, mother of John ; May 10, Susanna Ftal- 
lonton, 25 ; May 16, Deborah Cram ; Aug. 6, Kgehiel 
Roberts, 82 ; Sept. 8, Mary McClure, 24 ; Sept. 16, Moaes 
Hoyfs child, 3 years ; Sept. 30, Dea. D. N. Lane's childf, 3 
years; Oct. 3, Dea. D. N. Lane's child ; Oct. 4, Rev. S. 
Famsworth's child, 3 years. 

1832. Jan. 4, Elizabeth Bean, mother of Captain Benja- 
min ; Jan. 24, Jane Bachelder, 5 years ; Jan. 30, Clement 
Moody, 66; Feb., Oren Fogg's child, i year; April, Wid- 
ow Locke ; April 28, Thomas McClure, 32 ; June z6, 
Joseph Corson's child, 3 years ; June 19, Rutli Page, 77 ; 
July 10, Stephen Tilton's child, i day ; Sept 4, Betty 
Moody; Nov. 2, John II. Woodman, 16; Nov. 7, George 
W. Ilarriman, 12; Dec. 12, Elizabeth Cram, 4 years; 
Dec. 22, Mrs. Lane, wife of Jonathan A. Lane. 

1833. T^"^" 4» Oren B. Cram, 4 years; Feb. 5, Elizabeth 
Smith, 79; Feb. 7, Ebenezer S. Cram, 10 years, son of 
Ebenezer; March i, R. Miller; April 9, Lucy Hunt, 3 
years ; April 30, Darius Smith, 22 ; May 3, Francis Fol- 
som, 40; Aug. I, Dr. John Gale, 27; Aug. Widow 
Clifford, 83; Oct. 2, Betsy Brown, 38; Oct. 11, Mrs Pat- 
ten, 41, wife of Thomas; Nov. 14, Julia A. McClure, 8 
year^ ; Dec, Samuel McClure's child, 4 years. 

1834. J^*^- ^6» Elizabeth J. Smith, 3 years; Jan. 25; 
Mrs. Peavey, 80 ; Jan. 26, Oilman Moody, 37 ; Jan. 28, 
Joseph Peavey, 82 ; Jan. 29, Daniel Hoyt, 87 ; Feb. 3, 
Mrs. Hoyt, 82; Feb. 7, Sarah Nay, 70; Feb. 13, Jonathan 


Smith, 77; Feb. 25, Mary Cram, 82, mother of Captain 
Jonathan; April 13, Samuel Nay, 72, Deacon; April 22, 
Mrs. Bachelder, 79, wife of Jonathan ; June 29, George 
Mace; Aug. 9, Mrs. Abbott; Aug. 16, Widow Hannah 
Robie, 74, mother of Thomas ; Sept. 3, Hannah Brown, 78, 
wife of John; Sept. 23, Widow Sarah Dudley, 74; Oct. 8, 
Rachel Page, 56, wife of David; Oct. 16, Moses Dearborn, 

28, son of Major Thomas; Oct. 16, William Clifford, Jr.^ 
18, son of William. 

1835. Jan. 19, Dr. Thomas J. Dudley, 31 ; Feb. 4, 
Captain Oilman Dudley, 44 ; Feb., Mr. Whittier's child* 
2 years; Feb., Mr. Amos Kimball, 75; Feb. 20, Peter 
H. Philbrick, 15; Mafch 10, Widow Moody, 72; March 

29, John Stickney, 66 (small-pox) ; April, Widow Rich- 
ardson (small-pox) ; April 27, Captain Timothy Osgood, 
84; April 28, Sarah Stevens, wife of John M. ; May 26, 
Hannah Fullonton, 56 ; June, J. Bachelder's child ; July 
15, Colonel Ebenezer Cram, 53; July 27, Daniel Towle; 
Sept. 3, Mrs. Lovcring, 76, wife of Colonel L. ; Sept. 28, 
Theodore Bachelder, 30; Sept. 30, Gideon Currier, 80 j 
Oct. 13, Major Daniel Norris, 90; Oct., Widow Lane, 
71 ; Nov., L. Abbott's child, 2 years ; Dec. 3, Charles Leav- 
itt, 19, son of Abraham. 

1836. Jan., Widow Healey, 87, wife of William; May 
20, Major John Todd, 38 ; June, Hannah Emerson, 18; 
Sept. ?, Elsie Osgood, wife of Enoch, aged 50; Sept. 5, 
Widow Lovering; Sept.. William Brown's child; Sept. 
20, David Fox, Jr. (drowned) ; Nov. 3, Mr. Spinney, 55. 

1837. Jan. II, Elizabeth J. Brown, 5 years, daughter of 
Capt. Levi; Jan. 17, Mrs. Wallace, 49, wife of John; Feb. 
3, Widow Mary Norris, 88 ; April 20, John Brown, 78 ; 
April 21, J. Gile's child, 2 months; April 23, Mrs. Abbott, 
wife of Sewcll ; June 6, Mrs. Roberts, wife of Daniel ; June 
13, infant child of C. C. Hartford; June 13, infant child of 
C. C. Hartford; July 3, Sally Robie, wife of Henry, 75 ; 
Aug. 5, Mary Folsom, 27, daughter of John, Esq.; Aug. 

Tire nwroirr 

27, James Dudley, Jr., 38; Aug., Nathaniel Dearborn, 
62 t Sept. 16, Mrs. A. Oilman, daughter of Henry Robie ; 
Oct. II, Jacob Smith's child, i year; Oct. 24, Dorothy 
Fogg, wife of Joseph, 63 ; Nov., Josiah Hachelder, 
Dec. 13, infant child of S. Tillon; Dec. 18, infiuit cliiltl j 
S. Tilton's; Dec, Widow Todd, 83. 

1838. Jan., Samuel Robert's child ; March 9, Davidl 
Brown, 72; April, L. Woodmaii*3 child; Aug. Jesse Gile, J 
68; Aug. 13, Peter Bartlett, 49; SepL, Widow Welch; 
Oct., Daniel Lovering ; Oct., Captain Phineas Gilman, 74 j i 
OcL 21, Richard Whittier, 22. 

1S39. Jan. 13, Daniel Pervere ,68 ; Feb., W. Richardson, 
53; March 12, James Welch, 6 months; March 29, Orange 
York, I year, 6 months; March 30, Albert Foss, 2 years; 
April 4, Widow Molly Folsom, 83; April 11, Jonathan 
Bachelder, 84; April 18, Levi Swain, 86; April 23, Hjraro 
Sargent's child, 5 weeks ; April 30, Elizabeth K. Harrimant 
I year, 3 months; June 17, John Pollard; Aug., Mr*. 
Swain, wife of Levi, 84: Aug. 15, S. Robert's child, i 
year; Oct., J. Robert's child, 2 years; Nov., Widow 
Locke, 81 ; Dec. 19, Josiah Miller. 

1840. March 8, John Scribner's child ; March 25, Sam- 
uel Miller, S4 ; ApriJ 3, Mts. Pecker, 82 ; April 21, Gilman 
Bean, 24; May 7, EUsha Towle, 62; OcL 16, William 
Stevens, 66; Oct. 29, David Gile's child, 11 months; Dec 
15, Mary Moore, 45. 

1841. Jan. 27, Joanna Page, 8 years ; March 6, Widow 
Dolbier, 60; March 7, Sarah Brown, 56, wife ofEbenezer; 
March, Samuel Nay's child ; April 2, William Wallace's 
child ; July, Jonathan A. Lane's child ; Aug. 19, Philemon 
Towle, 75 ; Aug. 25, Widow Sarah Scriboer, 80 ; Sept. 4, 
John Tilton'a child ; Oct. 6, Sarah Gale, 2 years. Dr. Gale's 
child; Oct. 11, Harriet J. Corson, i year; Dec 23, Mxs. 
Robie, wife of Thomas. 

1842. Jan. 5, Sewall Abbott; Jan., Mr. Poor's child, i 
year, Asa K'a ; Feb. 25, Jonathan Swain Brown, 53 ; Amil 

or RAYMOND. 339 

I, John Page, 50; April 15, Aaron Whitlier, 63 ; June, Mr. 
Wason's child, 11 weeks; July i, Eunice Dudley, 54; July 
15, Andrew Robie, 5 years, 6 months ; Aug., Peter Abbott ; 
Sept. 6, Olive Robie, 31 ; Sept. 11, Howard Towle's child, 
2 years; Sept., John Healey's child, 2 years; Sept. 15, 
Mary Willard, 28, wife of Daniel ; Sept., Howard Towle's 
child, 4 years; Sept., John Healey's child, 4 years; Sept. 
20, Major Ebenezer Nay, 45 ; Oct. 10, Franklin Dudley's 
child, 4 years ; Oct., Howard Towle's child, 2 weeks; Oct. 
14, Franklin Dudley's child, 6 years ; Oct., Mrs. Elizabeth 
Smith, wife of Jonathan ; Oct. 27, Franklin Dudley's child, 
12 years; Nov. 13, Widow Dorothy Gile, 50; Nov. 23, 
Eliphalct Francis Folsom, 20; Nov., T. Blaisdell's child; 
Dec. 21, Mrs. E. Roberts, wife of John; Dec. 31, Widow 
Nay, 92, Captain S. Nay's widow. 

1843. Jan. i4, Jonathan Nay, 74 ; Jan. 31, William Ste- 
vens, 36; Feb. 15, Jacob Lane; April i, Nancy Dudley, 
79, wife of Moses; April 16, Francis Patten, 20; April 24, 
Daniel Willard's child, i year; May 2, infant of J. B. 
Cram; May 2, infant child of J. B. Cram; June 26, Mr. 
Abbott's child, 2 years; July 2, Moses Dudley, Esq., 78; 
July, Martha Norris, 70, wife of James ; July 19, Mary Til- 
ton, 66^ wife of Deacon; Aug. 10, Jacob Smith, 87.; Aug. 
20, Sarah K. Gale, 39, wife of Dr. Gale; Aug. 31, Sarah 
Brown, 51, daughter of David ; Oct. 3, Joseph Fogg, 67. 

1844. March 14, Josiah Keys, 70; April 14, James 
Bartlelt, 50; April 30, James Patten, 28; May 20, Mr. 
Sanborn's child; June 14, Widow Mercy Nay, 45, wife of 
Major Ebenezer ; June, James Dudley, 82 ; Aug., Samuel 
Dearbprn's child ; Aug. 10, V/illiam Titcomb's child, 9 
years; Aug. 12, Benjamin Smart, 42; Aug., Amos Kim- 
ball's child, I year; Sept. 14, Comfort York, 40; Oct. 3, 
James Welch's child, i year, 4 months; Nov., Deacon D. 
N. Lane's child ; Nov. 13, S. Richardson's child, 4 months ; 
Nov. 21, Captain Benjamin Bean, 64; Nov., Timothy Os- 
good's child; Nov. 30, Sally Cram, 20; Dec. 15, Abigail 


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Brown, 25, wife of Levi S. ; Dec., S. He«th*a duld, 5 

1845. Jan. 8, Maryetta Robie, is ; Jan., Bfn. LAne, tot 
wife of Jonathan ; Feb., Mrs. Gilman's child; April a, B. 
R. Bachelder*8 child, 8 weeks ; Mrs. Lane» mother of J. 
Folsom Lane ; May 21, Hannah Brown, 44, wife of Jooa- 
than; June 22, Perley Abbott; June 23, Jcsiah SmidA 
child; Oct, Levi Page, 60; Oct, George P. AndcraoiA 
child ; Nov. ix, Haxen Smart's child; Dec. 23* Hemy Ri^ 
bie, 80; Dec. 25, Mary Bachdder, 52, wife of Deaoon 

1846. Jan., Mr. Healey, 80; Feb. 24, James Welch's 
child, 6 months; Feb., Mrs. Patten wife of Thomas 1 Feb. 
26, William Carlton's child, 5 years ; March 7, William P. 
Tufts' child, 5 months; March, Widow Ebdgkins, 89; 
March, William Healey; March, Haxen Smart's child; 
April 9, Jacob Dow, 26 ; May 29, Ruins Poor, 25, aon of 
Benjamin; May, Ebenezer Prescott's child, x year, 6 
months; May, O. G. Smith's child, 4 weeks; June 29, 
Rachel Leavitt, 60; July 25, Jesse McClure, 20; Aug., 
Hiram Sargent's child ; Aug. 18, Elizabeth Sargent, wife 
of Hiram ; Sept., Mr. Marden*s child, 2 years ; Sept. 28, 
Mrs. Brown, 40, wife of Ebenezer ; Oct. 20, Jonathan Ilea- 
ley; Oct., Tappan Currier's child ; Dec. 18, Widow Sally 
Stevens, 66. 

1847. Jan., T. Blaisdell's child, 4 weeks; Jan. 12, Car- 
oline Smith, 8 years; Jan. 15, Daniel Norton, 82 ; Jan. 16, 
Mary Stevens, 30, wife of John M. ; Feb. 3, T. Blaisdell's 
child, 3 years ; Feb. 24, Samuel M. Harriman's child, 3 
months; Feb. 26, Anna Dolloff, 33; March 2, II. B. 
Bean's child, i year; March 2, Jonathan Lane, 82; April 
2, Samuel D. Pease, 2 years, child of Leonard ; May 22, 
Daniel Hoyt, 33 ; June 3, Mary A. Lane, wife of Dudley; 
July I, Judith York, 74; July 16, John Holman, 44 ; Sept. 
13, S. Stevens, 31, wife of Lawrence; Oct 27, M. L. Lev- 
ering's child, i year ; Nov. 6, Mary Tilton, 77 ; Dec 26, 
Samuel McClure, 53. 


1848. Jan. 6, Stephen Smith, 66; Jan. 7, Aphia Page, 
76, wife of Simon D. ; Jan. 7, Daniel Robie, 48 ; Jan. 28, 
Daniel Young, 77; Feb. 6, S. B. Gove's child; Feb. 20, 
Mary E. Pease, 19, wife of Leonard ; March, Samuel Em- 
erson, 77 ; April 18, Samuel Smith, 77 ; May, Jonathan 
Davis's child ; May 13, William Carlton's child, i week; 
July 12, Deacon Jeremiah Fullonton, 72; July 24, A. B. 
Smith's child, 2 years; Aug. 7, Betsy Osgood, 72, widow 
of Chase ; Aug. 25, Sally Prescott, 37, Elisha's daughter; 
Sept. 16, Joseph Bishop's child, 6 weeks; Sept. 24, Oliver 
Tilton's child, i year; Sept., Lydia Patten, 26; Sept. 26, 
Mary Shepherd, 47, wife of Jesse; Oct. 12, Sarah A. Fel- 
lows, 27, wife of William II.; Oct., Roswell Cass, 26; 
Nov. 25, Widow Martha Robie, 80 ; Nov., Jonathan Davis*8 
child ; Dec. 14, Merchant Cleaves, 58. 

1849. Jan., Mrs. Morrison ; Feb. 24, Sarah Tilton, 60, 
wife of Samuel ; March 25, Rev. T. Foss' child ; March 31, 
Jesse Gile's child, 2 weeks; April 4, S. M. Harriman's 
child ; April 14, Benjamin Griffin, 80 ; May, Mrs. Healey, 
wife of Moses; June 16, H. B. Bean's child, 8 years; June 
23, General Henry Tucker, 44; June 26, John Smith's 
child, 8 years; Aug. 8, Widow Richardson, 89; Aug., 
Jonathan Davis's child; Aug. 10, l^ufus R. Rundlett's 
child, II months; Sept. 2, Widow Lydia Doe, 76; Sept. 
23, Sarah Tilton, 75, wife of Deacon T. ; Sept. 29, Mr. E. 
Gleason, 71 ; Sept. 29, Mrs. Towle, wife of Captain T. ; 
Sept., Nathaniel West's child, 4 years; Oct. 7, LutRer 
Wason's child; Oct. 15, Henry Smith; Oct., T. L. Brown's 
child; Nov. i, S. Robinson's child, i year; Nov. 12, Em- 
erson Smith's child, 4 years; Nov. 13, Emerson Smith's 
child, 2 years; Nov,, Levi Brown, 87. 

1850. Jan. 15, Harriet A. Page, 12, daughter of Hora- 
tio ; Feb. 8, Alexander McClure, 76 ; March, D. Brown's 
child; April i, David Griffin's child, 2 years; April, Mr. 
Luf kin's child, 6 weeks ; May, T, L. Brown's child ; June 
20, Josiah Davis, 69; July 30, Mrs. E. Brown, 43, wife of 


Jo8q>h; Sept. i, Mr. Elliot; Sept f3» Sinxm D. Aige; 
Oct. 14, Jesse Shepard, 52 ; Dec 3, John D. ShcfMund, 22. 

1851. Jan., Mary Lovering, 93 ; Feb.» child of Benjn- 
min Bachdder, Jr. ; March 5, Mary Brown^ 63, wife of- 
Colonel Brown ; March 18, Mr.. Howard, 39 ; March 24* 
Dr. Peter Y. Frye's child, i year, 6 mcmths i May la. Jobs 
L. Moore, 27 ; June, Oren Towle's child, 3 years ; Jnly, 
Sarah G. Dudley; Aug. 11, Mr. David McCIare*s child, 3 
years; Aug. 24, Mrs. Dearborn; Sept., Mr. Caiy*8 child; 
Sept. 14, Josiah Copp, 82 ; Sept. 24, Mrs. Brown, widow of 
Jonathan S. Brown; Oct. 21, Mrs. Roberts, 76, wife of 
John; Nov. i, Shuah Willard, 27, wife of Daniel ; Dec 17, 
Mr. Hill ; Dec, 28, George L. Dodge, 40 ; Dec 30, Martiia 
Titcomb, 20, daughter of William. 

1852. Jan. 4, William P. Tufts' child, 2 months ; Jan. 
8, Widow Sarah Poor, 96 ; Jan. 20, Deacon David Mc- 
Clure, 48; Jan. 25, William Roberts, 38; Feb. aj^ Trae 
Healey; March 8, Emily J. Brown, 15, dai^hter of Jona- 
than; March 13, David Griffin's child, 9 months; April 3, 
Luther Wason's child, i year; April 15, Colonel Theophi- 
lus Levering, 93 ; April 30, John W. Robie's child, 10 
months ; Mciy i, Widow Brown, 86, wife of David ; May 22, 
David Brown's child, 5 months ; May 30, Mrs. Dow, 66^ 
wife of Jacob ; May, Mary Frances Pecker, 16 ; May, child 
of Benjamin Bachelder, Jr. ; June 6, Joseph Richardson, 
84; June 12, Jonathan Woodman, 70; July, Chase O.Wal- 
lace's child, 2 weeks ; Aug. 4, Mrs, Leavitt, 76, wife of 
Thomas ; Aug. 8, Rufus R. Rundlett's child, 5 months ; 
Aug. 19, Stephen Osgood, Esq., 67; July 20, Rev. D. 
Burt's child ; Aug. 28, Nathan P. Woodman, 26 ; Sept. 16, 
Benjamin Bachelder, 61 ; Sept. 18, Emerson Smith's child, 
9 months; Oct. 5, Samuel Roberts, 50; Oct. 8, Oliver 
Spinney ; Nov. 6, Mrs. Smith, 27, wife of Emerson ; Dec, 
Mr. Grasse, 52. 

i^SS* J^"^" 26, Widow Sally Gleason, 69; Jan. 26, Mar- 
tha O. Bachelder, 28, wife of Amos ; Feb. 15, Mary Patten, 


34 ; March lo, John Lovering, 54 ; March, J. T. Brown's 
child; March 26, Mrs. M. Dow; April i, Jonathan Lane, 
74, father of Folsom Lane; April, Daniel Bean's child; 
April 12, Widow DoUofF, 67, widow of Clement; April 15, 
Mr. Nathan Poor, 72 ; May, Oliver Davis* child, 2 months ; 
June, William P. Tufts' child, 4 months ; June 28, Widow 
Griilin; July 19, Sylvia Moullon, 53, wife of Levi; Aug. 
28, Charlotte Worthen; Sept. 27, Eva J. Smith, i year, 3 
months, William's child ; Oct., M. Richardson, 17, daugh- 
ter of Joseph; Oct., Widow Knox; Nov. 14, Dolly M. 
Smith, 13, daughter of Jacob; Nov., Sarah Moody, 77; 
Dec. 3, Sarah Leavitt, 20; Dec. 7, Mrs. Lovering, wife of 
Captain Daniel. 

1854. J^"' ^^» Eleanor Bachelder, 34; Feb. i, Thomas 
Leavitt, 77 ; Feb. 2, Elizabeth A. Osgood, 20; Feb. 5, Mr. 
J. Brown, 85 ; Feb. Daniel Richardson, son of foseph ; 
March 13, Mrs. Perkins, 45 ; April 6, Emery Bachelder, 
24; April, Mrs. Blaisdell, wife of Thomas, 42; May 6, 
Mrs. Ilelson ; May 24, Mrs. Quimby, wife of William, 28 ; 
July, child of Amos Bachelder, Jr., i year, 6 months ; Aug. 
3, Mrs. M, James, 79 ; Sept. 4, Samuel Heath's child, 3 
years; Sept. 7, Stephen Heath's child, 4 years; Sept. 16, 
Mr, Hanson, at Simon Page's; Oct. 22, Alfred Bachelder, 
34; Oct. 31, Josiah Smith, 74; Dec. 25, Mr. Burnam's 

1855. March 20, Moses Bean, 27 ; March 21, John Nay, 
61; April, Abbie P. Folsom, 7 years; May 24, Jason 
Lane, 46; July, Rebecca Richardson; Sept. 23, William 
Smith's child, i year; Oct., Mrs. M. McClure, 57; Oct. 7, 
Samuel S. Healey* 21; Oct. 27, William Wendelli 80; 
Nov., Dudley Lane's child; Dec, Mr. Leonard's child, 2 
years; Dec. 14, William Griffin, 42; Dec, Nancy Clough, 


1856. Jan. II, Joseph Fogg, 49; Jan. 15, Mrs. Rich- 
ardson, 71 ; Jan. 31, Eliza A. Gile, 20; Feb. 21, Jonathan 
Bachelder, 72; March 6, Elizabeth L. Harriman, 35, wife 


of Samuel M; March z8, Maiy A. Jooest 50, wife of 
Oliver; April, Gilman Riduundaoii's child; May 3, Salty 
Folsom, 63, wife of John, Esq. ; May 27, Mr. Bamam^ 
child i May 38, Mrs. Towle, 77, widow of Bliaha ; Jmie, 
Mrs. Moore ; July 8, Widow Lane, 80, mother of Dcaocm; 
July 25, Ahaa York, '5a; Aug. 14, Rnth Richardaonv 49, 
wife of Joseph; Aug., Howard Towle's child, 4 weeks; 
Sept 13, Jacob York, 90 ; Sept 36, Bliaaheth Smith, 66, 
sister of Dean ; Oct 8, Melissa Robinson, ai ; Oct. 15, Jane 
Bishop, 66 f wife of Joseph ; Oct. z6, Dorothy FresooU, 18, 
daughter of Ebenezer; Nov. 13, Isaiah Young's child, 5 
years ; Nov. z8. Widow M. Moore, 85, wife of Robert ; 
Dec. 26, D. Barrett, 34. 

1857. Aaron W. Brown's child, x year 7 mondis ; Feb. 
13, Abraham Leavitt, 74 ; Feb. 35, Sarah Bachelder^ 8a, 
formerly Sarah Richardson ; March zo, Enoch P. Osgood, 
74 ; March, Francis Heath's child ; March 27, Mrs. M. 
Prescott, 77, Elisha's wife; April 16, Mrs. West, wife of 
Nathaniel, aged 49 ; April, Mrs. Todd, wife of Major John, 
aged 52 ; April 19, Susan Wason, 32, wife.of Luther ; May 

15, Elizabeth Bean, 67, wife of Jesse; May 26, Oliver G. 
Smith's child, 8 months ; July 7, John Franklin Folsom, 37 ; 
July 13, Benjamin Bachelder, 74, father of Daniel ; July 15, 

Elisha Sawyer, 20 ; July 24, Laura Bachdder, 10 years, 
daughter of Alfred; Aug. i, Mr. Steams' child, 2 iveeks; 
Aug. ID, John Todd, 20; Aug. 11, George West's child, 2 
years; Aug. 12, Oliver Davis; Aug. 14, Benjamin Bachel- 
der's child ; Oct. 14, Wm. Smith's child, i year 3 months ; 
Nov., Mrs. Mary Tilton, 58, daughter of Deacon T. ; Nov. 

16, Mr. Steams' child, 5 years ; Dec. 3, Sally Woodman, 
69, widow of Jonathan ; Dec. 9, Levi Bachdder, 15. 

1858. Jan. 18, J. Emerson Smith, 39; Jan. 30, Daniel 
Bagley's child; March 19, Affia Abbott, 71, wife of David; 
March, Moses Bachelder's child, 2 years ; March 25, Betsy 
Brown, 58, wife of Ebenezer ; March, Mrs. Lane, 70 ; June 
23, Lydia Sanbom, 77 ; July 4, Samuel Reynolds, 35 ; July, 


Kelly} Aug. 8, L. E. Bean 23, wife of Adison; Aug., Mr. 
Ferren's child; Aug., Calvin Bachelder's child ; Sept. 3, 
Mrs. M. Davis, 69; Sept., T. Gile, 48; Sept., Cal- 
vin Bachelder's . child ; Sept, Mrs. M» McClure, 
widow of Alexander; Sept. 24, Joseph Page's child, 
6 months; Oct., Mrs. N. Bachelder, 66, widow of Benja- 
min; Nov. 16, Nancy Pease, 84 ; Nov., Mrs. S. Reynolds, 
30; Dec. 25, Abigail Smith, 75 ; Dec. 27, Rufus A. Rund- 
lett, 14 weeks. 

1859. J^"' ^S» Susan Poor, 30; March 17, Ann Bachel- 
der, widow of Alfred; April 13, Benjamin Bachclder^s child, 
I year; May, Betsy Richardson; May 12, Geo. A. Wen^- 
deirs child, 3 years ; May, Mr. Roberts' child ; May, Hiram 
Pollard's adopted child ; June, Ruth Oilman, 91, widow of 
Phineas ; July 17, James Welch's child, 2 years ; July 22, 
Adaline Healey, 32, wife of Thomas M. ; Aug., Alvin 
Fogg's child ; Aug. 14, John Moody, 78; Sept. 30, Mrs. 
Poor, 71, wife of Samuel ; Oct. 4, Henry Tilton, 17, son of 
Stephen; Oct. 12, Mary Bachelder, 86, wife of John; Oct. 

18, Mary Dearborn, 84, widow of Nathaniel ; Oct., Mr. 
Emery's child ; Nov. 3, Samuel Sargent's child ; Nov., Wil- 
liam Nason, 20; Nov. 14, Widow Abbott's son, 12 ; Nov. 

19, Olive Bachelder, 29, wife of Daniel ; Dec. 3, Hannah 
Fogg, 50, widow of Joseph ; Dec. 13, John Roberts, 86. 

i860. Jan. 17, Peter Varnum, 79; Jan. 20, G. Rowers 
child, I year 6 months; Jan. 25, Joseph Dearborn's childy 
3 months ; Jan. 31, John Bachelder, 62 ; March 11, C. Free- 
man Lane, 23, son of Deacon Lane ; April 2, S. D. Tilton's 
child, ID weeks; June 5, Horace Abbott, 19; Aug. 18, 
Phineas Sabins, 33 ; Aug., E. Nason ; Sept., Mr. Dolbier ; 
Oct. 14, M. Abbie Gove 36, wife of S. B. Gove ; Oct. 20, 
Sarah Tilton, 76, wife of Josiah Tjlton ; Oct. 23, John Clay, 
76; Dec. II, W. P. Tufts' child, i year; Dec. 12, Phebc 
Wendell, wife of Elias, age 58 ; Dec! 21, Joseph Kimball's 
child, I week. 

1861. Jan. 3, Clara Patten, 30; Feb. i, M. Smart, wife 


of Jeremiah ; Feb. a, Mary A. South, 19, daughter of Dean ; 
April 9, Stephen Tllton, 65 ; April 19, Sarah A. Pcaae. 15 ; 
l^y 18, Alonzo Morrill ; June 9, Mary Elizabeth Peaae« 13 ; 
June, Rev. Mr. Bafley's child; July 5, S. D. TUton'a child* 
6 months ; July 18, M. B. Harvey's child, z year ; Aug. a, 
Lyman Preacott*s child, zo months ; Aug. 6, J. Ranaooa 
Moulton, 13 ; Aug., Mr. Gardener's child ; Aug., J. G. Dud- 
ley's adopted child ; Aug., Joseph Page's child; Sept. 15, 
Daniel Roberts, 53; Oct. z6, D. T. Wendell's cfaildt 3 
years ; Oct 24, Deacon Daniel Tilton, 88 ; OcL 19, GiUbrd 
Healey, 18 ; Nov., Mr. Miller's child ; Nov. 30, Mr. Perkinif 
child ; Nov., C. Thomas, 55 ; Nov., Bradbniy Robinaon's 
chUd; Dec, W. P. Tufts' child; Dec, Mrs. Bacheldci's 
child ; Dec. 22, Edgar E. Brown, 6 years, son of Klbridge 
G.; Dec, Mrs. Richardson, wife of H. Richardson; Dec. 
^$9 Joseph Page's child, 6 years ; Dec, Mr. Moore's chfld ; 
Dec 29, Geo. IL Jones, 6 years, at Oliver's t Dec, Bliaa 
Wendell, 56. 

1862. Jan. 4, Mr. Payson's child, i year 6 months ; Jan. 
II, Mrs. Davis 83, widow of Josiah ; Jan. 12, Charles A. 
Fuller, 17 ; Jan. 18, James O. Smith, 3 years, son of Oliver ; 
Jan. 31, John G. Dudley, 41 ; Feb. 21, H. Magoon, 83, wife 
of Moses C. ; Feb. 26, Jacob Morrill, 29 ; March 9, A. L. 
Brown, 21, wife of George ; April 2, Captain John Moore, 
70; May 25, Mr, Dwight's child, 2 years; June 26, S. P. 
Blake*s child, 5 years; July 2, Abbie E. Smith, lo'yeara, 
daughter of Joshua ; July 2, Mrs. Fellows, ¥rife of William 
H., aged 38 ; July 2, Mr. Fellows' child, 4 days; July, J. 
Wilson Fisk's child ; July, David Lane's child ; July 28, ' 
Mary A. Green, 33, at Samuel Nay's; Aug. 25, Widow 
Sally Wendell. 88 ; Aug., Sylva Smith, 15, daughter of Oli- 
ver; Sept. 28, Matthew Bachelder, 82; Nov. 12, Thomas 
Folsom, 66; Nov. 25, Deacon Thomas Wason, 87 ; Nov. 
30, Clarissa Flint; Dec. 17, Moses C. Magoon, 84 ; Dec. 28, 
Rev» Mr. Bailey's son, 6 years. 

1863. Jan. 14, Abigail Ilodgkins, 72, wife of Abraham ; 


Feb., Charles Spinney, 15, son of William; Feb. 11, Olive 
Smith, 65, widow of fosiah ; March 14, Widow Norton, 92 ; 
March 20, Ezekiel Lane, 83 ; March, Meservy Meader, over 
80 ; April I, Hannah Brown, 67, wife of Joseph ; April, David 
Fox, 85 ; April 17, Edmund Whittier, 57 ; April, John Dear- 
born's child, 2 years ; May i, David Bachelder, 74 ; May 3, El- 
bridge Dearborn's child; May 13, Polly Brown, 60, wife of 
Ebenezer; May 22, Shcrburn Blake, 62; May 28, Ira 
Moore ; Sept. 9, Lucinda Marden ; Oct,, Mr. Shannon's 
child, I year 6 months ; Nov. 16, Capt. Daniel Lovering, 
76 ; Nov. 20, David Brown. 

1864. Jan. II, Joseph Dearborn's child, 6 months; Jan. 
23, Eliza O. Folsom, 21, wife of Irvin; Jan. 31, John Fol- 
som, Esq., 80; Feb. 3, George Dearborn, 23, son of David; 
Feb. 13, Ellen Dearborn, 17, daughter of David; Feb. 14, 
Hon. Joseph Blake, 66, 

Here ends the record kept by Jeremiah Fullonton, 37 
years. The whole number of deaths recorded by him is 
697./ His departure was next, and the record after, was 
kept by the author of this history. 

1864 continued. March 19, Jeremiah Fullonton, 54 ; 
March 19, Berthia Lusk, 2 years 7 months; March, Maria 
Wason, 52, wife of Garland; March, Widow Huldah 
Harvey ; April 18, Henry West, 55 ; April 21, Daniel Handy 
52, section hand on R. R. ; May i, Hannah B. Dudley, 
47; May 14, Tuttle's child, 3 weeks; May 26, Mary Jen- 
ness, 67, sister of Mrs. Locke ; June 7, Susan Dearborn, 24, 
wife of John ; July 5, Eliza Gile, 48, Jesse's wife; July 13, 
Charles Norton, 20, drowned; July 20, Lovey Page, wid- 
ow of Levi ; July 30, Emma E. Cram, 4 years 3 months, 
daughter of Josiah; July 30, Edie L. Cram, 2 years 6 
months, child of Josiah ; Sept. 25,' Abbie J. Littlefield, 16, 
daughter of John ; Sept. 28, Freddie H. Dodge, 4 weeks, 
son of George; Oct. 2, William Wallace, 64; Oct. 8, 
Charles Littlefield, 4, son of John; Oct. 25, Sarah E. 
LittleiSeld, 12, daughter of John; Nov. 10, Jane O. Page, 


wife of Jonathan j Nor. 3X9 Hbniio 6. Mo iiiim , si* 

1865. Jan. z, Abraham Uodgkins, 77 ; Jan. X3» Maiy A. 
South, 39t widow of William; Jan. 17, Jamea Nbnria, 93; 
Jan. 26, John BachddcTt 5)4; Jan. 29* Nan^F. Dudlcjp 57, 
wife of Joaiah; March 11, Charka H. P. GiloMm, za; 
March 24, Bctaj Scribner, 74; April 3, John Ml fiir una, 
62 ; April 6» Susan Lane» 23 ; April 7, Joseph S. I>iidlcj» 
z8; April 26, Louisa J. Osgood, 21, wife of Chaae; April 
29, John Wallace, 81 ; May 8, James A. Welch, 6 ; May la, 
Nancy G. Smith, 42, wife of QliYer; May 13, Sherbum 
Bkike, 3, son of S. P. Blake ; May 21, Franklm P. Mdni- 
son, 23, June 6, Edward E. Long, 14 weeks ; Jime 8» Chris- 
tiana Bagley, 83 ; June 28, Moses Healeys 85 ; Jnly sTt 
Tuttle's child ; Aug. 14, Alice E. Treften, i year 5 moodis; 
Sept 10, Sarah Treften, 32 ; Oct. 6, Cald> Shannoo, (bam- 
ed) ; Oct. 14, Anna Spinney, 80 ; Oct 21, Kliaabctfh Frea- 
cott, 33, wife of Lyman; Oct 27, Mary Bachelder» 73; 
Nov.. 49 Chase O. Wallace, 35 ; Nov. 24, John Edgar^ 6 
months ; Nov. 30, Daniel Osbom, 62 ; Dec. 9, Sarak M. 
Witherell, 29; Dec. 11, Charles A. Bachelder, 5 months, 
son of Isaac ; Dec.» V/ood's child ; Dec. 30, G. Porter Sar- 
gent, 24. 

1866. Feb. 2, Frederick McClure, 39; Feb. 18, Emma 
Prescott, 9 years, Lyman's daughter; March 7, Lydia 
Allen, 83 ; May 10, Adie S. Ferren, 7 weeks ; May 12, 
child of Enoch Gilman, 2 years; May 17, Mary £. Smith, 
16 ; May 20, child of Thomas Roberts ; May 30, Adelade 
Marsh, 23, daughter of Dudley Harriman ; June 15, Charles 
F. P. Roberts, 13 ; June 25, Michael Leaky, 30, suicide by 
drowning; Aug. 13, Mary Cram, 87, widow of Col. E. 
Cram ; Sept. 12, Bessy T. Griffin, 2 years; Nov. 3, Joseph 
Brown, 66^ in Gile district; Dec. 22, Lucreda Lane. 

1867. Jan. 24, Hannah M. Lane, 66^ wife of £zekiel; 
Jan. 28, Sarah Griffin, 41, wife of David; Feb. 15, William 
Towle, 83 ; March 2, Josiah Tilton, 83 ; March 14, Bel- 
knap Tilton's child ; March 23, Mary J. Gilmore, 3 years* 


9 months ; March 30, James Harriman, 28, at David Ab- 
botts'; March, Mr. Hill's child, 8 months; April ii, David 
Dearborn, 72 ; April 30, Willie F. Tufts, 6 months ; Aug. 
17, HowardTowle, 60; Oct. 19, Jane Healey, 17, daughter 
of Samuel ;Oct. 20, David Page, 93 ; Nov. 28, Dea. Amos 
Bachelder, 81 ; Nov., Mrs. Hill. 

i868. Ferdinand Gcntilty's child; Feb. 3, William C. 
Osgood, I year 6 months; Feb. 7, Hannah Harriman, 83, 
wife of Jesse ; Feb. I2, Samuel Tilton, 81 ; March 2, Oria 
Towle, 49 ; March 8, Betsy Emerson, 89 ; March 14, Nancy 
G. Gilc, 35 ; March 20, Benniah Rundlett, 78 ; May 17, 
Wm. A. Wallace, 33; May 21, Samuel Poor, 82; July 1, 
Abigail Fox, 92 ; Aug. 9, Barnard Tucker, 66 ; Aug. 12) 
Deacon John Dearborn 73 ; Sept. 2, Morrill's child; Sept. 
20, Olive S. Blake, 44, wife of Sherburn P; Oct. 31, Chas. 
W. True, 16, son of Elias; Nov. 2, Jedediah Brown, 81 ; 
Nov. II, Mary A. Bachelder, 29, wife of Moses. 

1869. Jan. I, Thomas Patten, 78; Jan. 20, child of 
Dwight Roberts, 7 months; Feb. 3, Mary Morton, 90, 
mother of Oilman F. ; May 26, child of John H. Dodge; 
July 4, James Rundlett, 87 ; July 15, George Tripp, 48; 
July 17, Thomas Roberts, 66; child Jesse Roberts; Aug. 6, 
Mr. Healey's child, 4 weeks; Aug. 12, Hiram L. Pollard, 
I year 9 months; Aug. 16, Mary Wason, 73 wife of 
Thomas, Jr. ; Aug. 27, Mary S. Beede, 2 years 7 months ; 
Aug. 27, Mchitable Spinney, 46; Sept. 17, Rev. E. D. 
Chapman, 53; Sept., Spencer's child, 2 weeks ; Sept. 21, 
Spencer's child ; Oct. 5, Nancy Jones, 73 ; Oct. 5, Eliza J. 
Healey, 16; Oct. 16, Martha A. Bachelder, 33, wife of Cal- 
vin ; Oct. 20, Nathan S. Brown, 4 months, John D. Brown's 
son ; Nov., Joseph Dearborn's child ; Nov. 21, Mary West, 
49, wife of Samuel; Nov. 30, John Bean, 55; Dec. 15, 
Samuel Bachelder, 75 ; Dec. 29, Catherine Oilman, 62, wife 
of Phineas ; Dec 30, Shuah E. Abbott, 20, daughter of 
Col. Welch. 

1870. Jan. 20, Joseph Harrriman, 58, at J. T. Dudley's ; 

Jan. 33, Jane Jocdyn, 75, mother of Mrs. J. Tucker Dud- 
ley ; Feb. 3» John Tilton, 67 ; Feb. zz, Ebenexer C. Osgood. 
63 ; March a, Martha 6. McClure, 53 ; March xa, Widov 
Naomi Bean» 85 ; March 28, Thomas Blaiadell. 60 ; April x. 
Franklin Dudley »7o ; April z, Winfidd C. Cor^» 4 moodia. 
atSylvanus Steel's; May 4, M^dow Alngail WaaoOt 86; 
May z7, Adaline C. Brown, 34, wife of Chailes ; July 24. 
Mary C. Lane, 6z, wife of Exekiel ; July 25, Horace M. 
•Lane, z year z month ; July 25, Susan B Pease, 17 ; July 
27, Major J. Ambrose Lane ; July 27, Tmstom Brown, 47 ; 
July 27, Sarah Grarland; Aug. 5, child of Mr. Heal^; 
Sept Z4, Greorge Sawyer, 29, accident on R. R. ; Sept. 35, 
child of Joseph Dearborn ; Oct zz, Jennie M. Page, xx, 
, daughter of Simon ; Oct. 22, Alice L. Deaiboro, 8 weeka, 
child of Joseph ; Oct 29, Widow Mary Rowe, 80 ; Nov. ao^ 
Sarah D. Tilton, 39, wife of Capt S. D. Tilton ; Dec 7, 
Elizabeth Durgin, 54 ; Dec. Z7, Sarah Gregg, 64, aiater of 
John Smith. 

1871 • Jan. 12, two children of Mr. Spencer, twins ; Jan. 
31, James Twombly, 58, Feb. 3, child of Mr. Moore ; Feb. 
5, child of Mr. Morrill, 13 weeks; Feb. 16, Gilman Stevens, 
58 ; Feb. 18, Hannah Edgerly, 89, at Capt Tilton's ; Feb. 
23, Daniel Willard, 60; Feb. 28, child of Enoch Gilman; 
March 15, Charles A. Bishop, i year 5 months; March 17, 
Timothy Osgood, 64; April i, Ruth Gile, 75; April Z3, 
Horatio D. Page, 62 ; April 14, John Huse, 54 ; April a6. 
Rose Roberts, 20, wife of Aroy Q. ; April 28, Ruamy Rund- 
lett, 77, mother of Rufus; May 31, Dearborn S. Brown, 
24; June 27, Daniel Scribner, 73; June 28, Nancy Ltane, 
83, widow of Major Lane; July 3, Mary S. Brown, 68; 
Aug. 10, Wm. H. Twilight, 34; Aug. 25, Lena E. Whit- 
comb, 18; Aug. 26, Anna Scribner, 75 ; Aug. 31, Henry D. 
Lane, 53 ; Sept. 2, Osborne J. Poor, 32; Sept. 3, child of 
Oliver Smith, 10 days; Sept. 19, Daniel Robie, 75 ; child of 
Elisha Gile; Oct. 10, John IL Dearborn, 36; Oct. 21, 
Hiram W. Stevens^ 41 ; Oct. 29, Benjamin B. Gilman, 68 ; 



Dec. 89 Jonathan Folsom, 93 ; Dec. 27, Sarah Roberts. 

1872. Jan. 19, Ebenezer Brown, 92 ; Jan. 19, Clara £. 
Pecker, 29, daughter of David ; Feb. 16, Lizzie S. Young, 
7 weeks ; Feb. 20, Betsy Fox, 75, at G. A. Wendell's ; Feb. 
24, Mary Dearborn, 75, widow of Deacon Dearborn ; March 
I, Emma R. Prescott, 14, daughter of Josiah ; March 2, 
Mabel E. Spencer, 3 years ; March 20, Walter Dearborn, 
4 weeks; March 21, Abigail Cram, 79, wife of Capt, Jona- 
than ; March 21, Rosa Bell Magoon, 5 years 2 months; 
March 27, Plumer B. Corson's child, 2 weeks ; March 28, 
Jesse Harriman, 93 ; March 31, Rev. Abraham Folsom, 77 ; 
April 21, Betsy Rundlett, 77, at Benjamin Dearborn's; 
.April 27, child of Enoch Gilman, 5 weeks; May i, Harriet 
Hardy, 18 ; May 10, Mary Lees, 14, in Mrs. George Robie's 
house; May 23, Arthur Emery, 2 years 2 months ; May 25, 
Anna A. Nay, 20 years 11 months, daughter of Samuel; 
July 7, John W. Cram, 12, at Captain Benjamin Cram's; 
July 16, Joan Blake, 73, widow of Hon. Joseph Blake ; July 
29, Ernest O. Smith, 4 years 11 months; Sept. 7, Eleanor 
Bagley, 70, wife of Daniel ; Sept 19, Lovey Bachelder, 84, 
widow of David; Sept. 27; John Locke, 67, Postmaster; 
Nov. 4, son of Mr. Spencer, 2 months 3 days ; Nov. 24, 
Bradbury W. Sturtevant, 25, drowned ; Nov. 24, Alden 
Towle, 19, drowned; Dec. i, Katie L. Ferren, 14; Dec. 7, 
Marland Spencer, 4 months. 

1873. J*^"* i> George E. Bean, 29; Jan. 2, Irene Dear- 
born*, 69, widow of David; Jan. 8, Capt. Jonathan Cram, 
83 ; Feb. 8, Mary F. Sanborn, 34, wife of Elijah; Feb. 13, 
Lydia York, 76 ; Feb. 21, child of Henry Titcomb ; March 
22, Elvira M. Lane, 21, daughter of Dudley; March 26, 
Susan M. Keys, 75 ; April 8, Carie E. Smith, i year 8 
months ; April 29, George E. Pecker's child ; May 9, Betsy 
Nason, 78; May 25, Nathaniel Sleeper, 79; June 3, Eze- 
kiel Lane, 76; June 3, Sophia Norris, 67 ; July 3, Charles 
A. Brag, 35, at hotel ; July 11, Harriet P. C. Blake 35, wife 
of William B. ; July 29, Matilda Smith, 30, daughter of 

Dean; Aug. x* EDen F. Gdold, 33» at Oliwcr JoooT; Ang. 
XX Joaeph Brown, 76 ; Sept 33» (Nive SpaiiMing, 43 ; Oct 
X, Mary Bachdder, 73* widow of Sanmd; Oct. 8, Flu^ 
H. BarUett, 78 , Oct 37, Col. Lyba Bnnm, 80; Nor. xj. 
Col. Jamea Welch, 58 ; Dec 7, A aa ea a th J ahn noo, 74, aialcr 
' of Mra. Locke; Dec zz. Rev. D. B. Dod|gcna diiUI. ad^a; 
Dec z6, Hannah Bachdder, 8o. 

Z874. h^- i> C. WiUiam Ladd, xp, aoo ol VT. D. Ladd; 
Jan. 16, John H. Dearborn, 3 montha, aoo crfjoseph ; Mank 
zz, Asa Currier, 79; Jane 5, Adaline Brown* 64, wife of 
Capt L. Brown ; June zp, Phdie D. Morae, 86, at J. D. 
Brown's; July 2z, Rose A. Edgerly, 24, wife of C. H.; 
Aug. 31, Mehitable Magoon, 69, wife of David L». ; Oct. 9.. 
child of Laura Towle, 3 days ; Oct z8, WHliani C. Col- 
bert, 5 weeks 5 days; Oct. 25, Sherbnm Gove, 79; Nov. 
5, Martha Sturtevant, a6; Nov. ao, EHaha IVcaooCt, 97 
yeara, 3 months, zz days. 


1804. Feb., child of Mr. Healey. 

zSio. John Bean. 

181 1. Nov. ID, David Towle's child. 

1815. J. Davis's child. 

1817. Widow Healey. 

Z819. Samuel Smith's child. 

182 1. Ebenezer Brown's child. • 

1822. July 10, John Folsom's child 

1823. Benjamin Rowe's child; Dec, child of Dudley 


1825. Samuel Moody's child. 

1826. Oct. 10, Widow Clark. 

1827. Samuel Tilton's child ; child at Samuel Tilton*8. 

1828. Aug. 2, Asa Brown's child. 

1829. Feb. 12, Stephen Abbott's child. 

1831. Child of J. A. Lane; Nov. 13, Asa Heath. 

01* RAYMOND. 363 

1832. Child of Orin Fogg ; June 16, child of James 

Bachelder; Dec. 12, Mrs. lioUins. 

1833. Child of Mr. Burke. 

1834. Child of Mr. Whittier. 
1837. Widow Hoyt. 

1839. April 16, J. Wallace's child ; Blake's child. 

1840. Sept. 26, D. Bagley's child. 

1841. April 7, D. Bagley*s child; J. Lane's child. 

1842. S. Richardson; March 5, L. Abbott's wife. 
1844. May 10, James Bachelder's wife, Nancy ; Aug. 

29, J. Lovering's child; Aug. 30, Wm. Robert's 

1846. March i, Mr. Robinson's child; July, William 

Robert's child; July 10, S. Lane's wife* 

1847. Mr. Carleton's child, Aug. i8. 

1849. Mr. Lovering's child. 

1850. July 8, Nathan Abbott. 

1851. Sept. 19, Widow Bartlett. 

1853. March 26, A. Spinney, 38; June 22, Widow 

1855. Mrs. Pollard's child. 

1856. Sept. 13, Frank Gleason, 33. 

1859. M^y ^3» ^^' Proctor's child. 

1863. June 22, Woman killed on railroad; Sept. 9, 
Jonathan Davis's daughter, 13. 

We are not responsible for errors in the records of 
deaths, only since 1864. We have no doubt the errors are 
many. In some of the manuscripts, nail\es and dates are al- 
most illegible. In some, the dates and ages recorded by 
different persons do not agree, and it has been impossible to 
tell which were correct, if either were. So imperfect is the 
Record in some of its parts, that hesitation was felt about in- 
serting any of it. But no town that we know of has a Rec- 
ord so nearly through its history as this. And there is no 
doubt it will be a great help to many, in ascertaining the 
time of the departure of many of their relatives, acquaint- . 


THB HiffromT 

ances, friends, and others, which will be of use to them. 
Besides this, it indicates what numbers have fallea before 
the fell destroyer of our race on this territory of ours, and 
conveys a lesson of human frail^ at once impre.8sive and in- 

Thti Record, it will be seen, commences about i6 years 
after the first permanent settlements, and two years after the 
incorporation, and runs through zo8 years. The following 
statistics are adduced : 

Number of deaths recorded. 

Number killed or died in different wars. 

Estimated number died before any record, 

Estimated number omitted since 1766, 

Estimated number having lived here, and by 
movals, dying in other places, or still living. 

Estimated population now, made on the basis of 

Making a grand total of human beings having 
been or are now residents of this town, 3fOOO. 






Those living 90 years or upwards, are put down under 
this head; Their names appear in the foregoing Record of 
deaths, but they are here collected to show how many 
there have been of this class, venerable as to age : 

1814. Samuel Peavey, 96. 

1 83 1. Sarah Page, 95, mother of David; April 18, Wid- 
ow Wallace, 91. 

1835. Deacon Daniel Norris, 90. 

1842. Dec. 31, Mercy Nay, 92. 

185 1. Jan. Molly Lovering. 

1852. Jan. 8, Mary B. Poor, 94, mother of Benjamin. 

April 15, Colonel Theophilus Lovering, 03. 
1856. Sept 13, Jacob York, 90. 
1859. J""^ 8» Widow Ruth Gilman, 91. 

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1863. March 14, Widow Norton, 92. 
1865. Jan. 17, James Norris, 93 ; Jan. 26, John Bachel- 
der, 94. 

1867. Oct. 20, David Page, 93. 

1868. July I, Abigail Fox, 92. 

1869. Feb. 3, Mary Morton, 90. 

1 87 1. Dec. 8, Jonathan Folsom, 92. 

1872. Jan. 19, Ebenezer Brown, 92 ; March 28, Jesse 

Ilarriman, 93. 

1874. Nov. 20, Elisha Prescott, 97. 

The person who attained the greatest age of any one who 
ever lived in town, so far as we know, was Mrs. Jane Os- 
good, widow of Captain Timothy Osgood. But she did not 
die here. Her last years were passed with her daughter, 
Mrs. Michael Brown, in Northwood. She died there Oct. 
16, 1847, aged 98 years, 2 months. 


It is seen that the record of deaths ends with that of Mr. 
Prescott. His age was 97 years, 3 months and 11 days. 
This was the greatest age any one ever attained, who lived 
and died in town, so far as we know. Interest attaches itself 
to this, and more to the fact that he was a substantial man, 
and one of the worthy and most respected citizens of the 
town. Few, if any one, doing business with many was so 
fair, honest and upright. Friends he had many, enemies, 
it seemed, none. He was a good farmer, a diligent worker, 
always actively employed, and industriously saving all that 
grew, or came as the reward of his efforts. 

In the genealogy of the Prescott family, James is named 
as the emigrant, who came to what is now Hampton. Falls 
in 1665. The emigrant had a son James, who lived in 
Hampton Falls. He had a son Elisha, who lived in the 
same town. He had a son Elisha whose son Ebenezer, 
came to Raymond, and he was the fatlier of the late Elisha, 

8M inK Hvnofu 

the sabject of the present notice* He waa bom Ajog. g, 
1777* He wa^ bom in town, his whole life was pawed 
here, so he lived here longer than any other cme. The 
first Prescott house in which bin iather lived in town atiood 
back farther from the road* In that boose the children 
were born. Elisha might bsve been more than aiale c a 
years of age when his father erected die dwellin|r noir 
standing, in which Elisha lived till bis departure^ 

Mr. Prescott was bom in the midst of the revolntionaiy 
war, was nnder six years of age at its dose, waa twelve 
iRfhen Washington wa^ chosen the firat President, ao lived 
througb the whole history of bur government. He waa nev- 
er gr^ily interested in political but usually attended the 
dcctionsA quietly depositing bia yotet «nd never """^^^Hiy 
witl\ oir trying to controvert the opinions of others. He ob- 
served the Sabbath, feeling widKmt doubt, the good eaauoPH 
pie and influence ot his father, who was a deacon in tiie 
Congregational church* Mr. IVesQ ott attended worahip 
with that church till old age rendered it inconvenient. 

Mr. Prescott was social in the right way, being not nat- 
urally too talkative, neither was he so silent as to seem for- 
Udding to others. His wife was Mary Chase of £pping. 
Her father waa Jo^iah Chase of the large Chase family ia 
An^rica, the genealogy of which is being collected. Her 
mother was Elizabeth Parsons* Mrs- Prescott was bom 
April t, 1780. Mrs. Prescott was a " keeeper at home,** a 
good frugal housewife* and the faithful mother of the two 
sons now livings and the daughter who died about middle 

life. Mrjf. Prescott died Maroh 26„ 1857, aged 76. 




1762. The bridge at Freetown mills was carried away by 
a freshet. 

1764. James Fullonton's house burned. It stood in the 
field in front of Lieut. J. E. Cram's, and ifow owned by 
William P. Tufts. The house was back from the road 
where there are apple-^rees. 

1765. Wallis* saw-mill burned. It was on Lamprey 
river, easterly of Josiah C. Prescott's. 

1770. David McClure of the Patten district in Candia 
perished in a cold night, a little north of the Oreen. He was 
the first settler in Candia, and was returning from a visit to 
his sister,who lived where David GriflSn's house is. He lost the 
path, became benumbed with the cold and died near a tree. 
This year Wadley Cram was drowned while rafting logs 
on Freetown pond. His house was at the turn north of S. 
B. Gove's, and later just back of Mr. Gove's. A son of 
Matthias Haines, living where Dudley Lane does, broke 
through the ice on Norton's pond and was drowned. Time 
not given. 

1780. Elijah Gile drowned by falling through the ice 
above Pecker's bridge. 

1 781. May 19, freshet carried away Freetown bridge. 

1782. Levi Moody was away in New York, and waa 

1783. Joseph Cram was with a team in the vicinity of 
the Mastway in Epping. lie was riding on a sled with an- 
other fastened behind. The first was stopped by some ob- 
stacle, the tongue of the other came over, striking him on the 


heady and killing him. His house was west of the road near 
S. B. Gove's. Aug. 7, frost that injured com. 

1785. Daniel Towle's barn burned by boys building fire 
in it on a cold day while at work in it. It was where John 
Smith lives. About this time S. Chapman's house was 
burned. It was on or near the place where Oliver Tilton 

1786. Jan. 12, Elisha Thomas perished in a snowstorm 
in South Hampton. It is supposed he*belonged in this town. 

This year Major Daniel Norris fell from the roof of the 
meeting-house on which he was laying shingle. The dis- 
tance was 17 feet. A thigh bone was broken, and he was 
carried to his house where James F. Gove lives, on a litter* 
The meeting-house then stood at the late Horatio D. Page 
place. Saw-mill on the outlet north of Freetown mill burned, 
date not known. 

1794. Jan. 29, Clement Dolloflf, of this town, perished 
in a snowstorm in Brentwood. Ebenezer Poor's house 
burned. It stood where Benjamin Poor, his son, now fives. 
Date not known, precisely. 

1796. June 22, great hail, breaking glass, injuring 

1797. Abigail Brown fell into a rolling way of a cellar 
at Ebenezer Cram's, broke a leg. Dr. Levi Bartlett, of 
Kingston, amputated it awhile after, but she survived but a 
few days, dying Dec. 2, aged 74. She was the mother of 
Daniel H6yt's wife, who later lived near Mrs. Sleeper's, on 
the road to Deerfield. 

1800. Deacon Ebenezer Prescott was crossing the bridge 
in the evening near where the late Col. Lyba Brown lived. 
The horse ran off, dashing the sleigh, injuring those in it, 
and on the 19th of the same month, Mr. Prescott died of his 
injuries. He was father of the late Mr. Elisha Prescott. 
John P. Lovering fell from a wharf in Exeter and was kill- 
ed. He was father of Col. Theophilus Lovering, and liv- 
ed near Moses L. Lovering's. Soon after 1800 as to date. 


1801. Early in this j'ear, Clement DoUofT went with the 
constable, Jeremiah Fullonton, while he was to serve a writ 
on John Sweatt, living near where W. S. Carlton does. At- 
tempting to burst the door, Sweatt discharged a musket, 
wounding Dolloff in the leg. Sweatt's wife beat Dolloff with 
the but of the gun, but the writ was served in spite of all. 
Joseph Leavitt*s house burned. Where boarding-house 
is, no date. 

1802. Lieutenant Jonathan Dearborn's barn was burned. 
He lived where R. R. Rundlett does. Jonathan Dearborn, 
Jr., living in the north-east corner, lost his barn by fire about 
tlic same time. 

1804. Daniel Moody killed wliile cutting the ice from 
the water-wheel at Freetown saw-mill. The date was 
Feb. 20. 

1807. David Lane killed by a cart-wheel, May 13^ His 
age was 37. He was father of Deacon D. N. Lane and 
lived on the same place. 

1808. Saw-mill near where David Griffin's mill is, car- 
ried away by a freshet. 

1809. Doctor Trull's house burned. It was new, and 
stood where Hiram Sargent lives. Josiah Fogg's barn burn- 
ed by lightning. It was on the place lately owned by Rev. 
M. Newhall. Date not given, but it was before 1814. 

1816. Late in April, Jonathan Holman died of consump- 
tion, and about three days later,Patten, of the same disease. 
They were twin brothers, 23 years of age, and lived near the 
Abbott's on Oak Hill. Major Dearborn's cooper shop burn- 
ed. Dec. 31, Robert Page found dead in bed early in the 
morning. Age 84. He lived opposite Simon Page's. 

1817. Sept. 17, a twin boy, two years old, son of Ed- 
ward Healey, drowned in a well. He lived up towards Mr. 
Langford's in Candia, on land now owned by John Brown. 

1825. March, Sargent William Towle, living in a house 
where Mrs. Willard's stands, was burned by a fire which 
hastened his dissolution. The date of his death was March 


28. He was aged. Daniel Rolrie» son of Nathan, killedlif 
kick of a horse in Massachusetts* 

1826. Dec. 25, Benjamin Healeyt who lived nmch at 
the Green, perished by cold Dec. 25, in a bam orer the 
line in Candia, in which he took lodgings ibr the night. IBs 
habits was very eccentric. Probably from yomeoaiin^ the 
powers of his mind had been shaken. Sometimes he went 
by the name of '^Tc^uch Healey," as he was so frequently 
touching objects near him. On the highway he woold turn 
aside to touch a stone or a bush. Uis dress and all about 
his person were singular. — ^In the latter part of diis same 
year» 1826, Dearborn Moody, bom here, was killed by a 
cart-wheel in Rozbury, Mass., age 23. 

1828* July 15, Moses James of Gandfa* widi a party 
fishing above Pecker's bridge, attempted to swim across die 
river, «and was drowned. He was a brother of J. S. Jameat 
Esq., now of this town. His age was 20. Dec* 13, a child 
of Joseph Brown on the Harriman road, cEed by drinking 
hot coffee from the pot. 

1829. Nov. 29, Jacob Smith, a transient person, died 
suddenly at the supper table» at William TowIe*s, age 55. 

1830. Sept. 18, Susan, wife of Jonathan Smith, living 
at Shattica, died suddenly, age 40. She was the mother of 
A. B« Smith. Levi Fox, bom here, killed in Concord by a 
fall in a bam. 

1 83 1. May 16, Deborah Cram died suddenly* An un- 
occupied house of Daniel and John Scribner, destroyed by 
fire. Exact year not known. 

1835. B^ni of Capt Benjamin Bean, burned by light- 
ning. Sometime this year, Joseph Gleason, a native, was 
killed on a railroad out of the State. 

1836. Sept. 20, David FoxJ Jr., drowned near J. Tucker 

1842. Sept., Major Ebenezer Nay died suddenly of 
heart disease, age 45. 

1843. Jan. 31, William Stevens, Jr., aged 36, died sud- 


denly in the pasture west of Daniel Robie*s. The pasture 
is now owned by the author of this book* 

1 847, April 25, John Fisk Stevens was wounded in the 
arm by the accidental discharge of a musket. Amputation 
at the shoulder was found necessary. May 22, Daniel 
Iloyt died in the Wason district. He had received an injury 
in the leg, it was amputated, but he did not long survive the 
operation. July 17, J. Norris Tilton, a young man of prom- 
ise, was killed by a board thrown by a circular saw in 
Fisherville. He was son of Capt. Daniel Tilton, age 26. 

1851. Late in Nov., the dwelling of Stephen Osgood^ 
Esq., was consumed by fire. 

1852. Oct. 5, Samuel Roberts died suddenly. 

1855. July 22, Charles O., son of Mrs. Ahaz York, 
drowned in Manchester, age 15. 

1866. March 19, Mrs. Jones, wife of Oliver, died sud- 
denly, age 50. July 5, Nathaniel D. West's house, near 
Levi S. Brown's, burned. Ebenezer Poor, son of Nathan, 
drowned in Pennsylvania. 

1857. April 16, Nathaniel D. West's wife found drown- 
ed in a pond. April 23, Leavitt's ^barn burned by an in- 
cendiary. Nov. 16, the Leavitt house was consumed by 
fire, and a child of Mr. Stevens perished in it. Major Lane's 
Pollard house burned this year. 

1859. Nov. 17, Stephen Heath's unoccupied house at 
the Green, burned. Nov. 19, E. Oliver wife of Daniel 
Bachelder was killed by falling into the cellar, age 29. 

i860. Peter Varnum, a transient person, died of expos- 
ure, age 79. 

1861. Aug. 6, J. Ransom Moulton died, aged 13. It was 
thought his death was caused by a fall on a hay-cart some 
days before. Nov. 23, Joseph Corson's unoccupied house 
was burned by an incendiary. Dec. 20, Joseph Corson's 
barn burned by an incendiary. 

1862. Capt. John Moore died April 2, aged 69. A 
number of days before, he fell from the beams in the barn, 



which caused hb death. Sept. za, fhe hooae finvierly 
ed by Daniel Robertu, burned. Nov. za, Thomas Folaom. 
a favorably known dtiaen, was found dead in a diop. Heart 
disease was the cause, age 66. 

1863. June aa, a woman, who was a stranger, .was killed 
by the cars on the railroad, north of Abraham Hod^luna* 

1864. July 13, Charles Norton, aged ao, was drowned 
in Norton's pond, where he was gathering lUlies. . 

1865. Oct. 6, Caleb Shannon's house was bumcdt and 
he perished in the flames. It was near Jonathan DavisT. 
Nov. 30, Daniel Osbom had his leg amputated becauae of a 
wound in the knee, which did not heaL He did not s urvi ve 
the operation, age 6a. ' 

1866. June a5, Michael Leaiky, aged 30, sdMrowiiingt 
back of the village. July a6, the dwelling of Rev. J. Fol- 
lonton was struck by lightning, the east end shattered some, 
and the sofa in the parlor, on which one was sitting, set on 
fire. Nov. 8, Joseph Brown, an estimable dtisen, died and* 
denly of heart disease, aged 66. Dec az. Miss Lucretia 
Lane found dead in bed, aged 73. 

1867. March 30, Saw-mill of John V. Emerson at Shat- 
tica, burned. April 11, David Dearborn fell suddenly in the* 
village and was taken up dead, aged 72. He was buried with 
Masonic honors, the first ever in town. July 6, Rufus A. 
Tilton, son of Oliver, fell from an engine in Southbridge, 
Mass. A leg was broken, a car wheel ran over his arm, 
and amputation was necessary. Aug 28, J. Stickney Page, 
son of Jonathan, while shackling cars at St. Albans, 
Vt., had his arm so crushed that amputation was neces- 

1869. July 31 , Mrs. Jerusha Rundlett and Miss Knowles, 
of Haverhill, were riding at the railroad crossing near Rev. 
J. Fullonton's, when the horse took fright from the section 
hands' cars ; both were thrown from the the carriage, and 
Mrs. Rundlett injured much. Referees awarded, sixteen* 
hundred dollars and cost. Nov. 4, Josiah N. Tilton, son of 

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Oliveft had his arm caught between cars in Boston. Am- 
putation was found necessary. 

1870. Sept. 14, George Sawyer, Jr., died of injuries re- 
ceived on the railroad two days before. He was brakeman, 
and in the upper part of this town, cattle on the track caus- 
ed the cars to be thrown off. Both legs were broken, the 
lower part of his body pierced and he rapidly ran down. 
Ilis wife was Nellie M., daughter of A. B. Smith, and he 
was taken to Mr. Smith's, where he died, aged 29. Oct. 14, 
David L. Magoon's house at the Green was burned. Prob- 
ably the work of an incendiary. 

187 1. James Twombly, living west of Oak Hill, was fall- 
ing trees in Nottingham when a tree fell on him, causing his 
death in a few hours. 

1872. Nov. 24, Bradbury W. Stutevant, living in Wason 
district, and Alden Towle, of the Green, while attempting 
to cross the mill pond at Shattica, broke through and were 

1873. Feb. 14, Samuel O. Page, son of Levi, and father 
of Joseph Page, of West Epping, cjied in Charles City, Iowa. 
After leaving this town he lived in Maine, in other places, 
and then went to Iowa. He was a man of firmness, energy 
and commanding influence, and held the office of City Mar- 
shall. There was a riot which he was attempting to quell. 
He was stabbed in the head. He did not think himself in- 
jured much and kept about his business for some days. But 
failing, the physician took from his head a blade one and a 
half inches long, which it appeared had penetrated the 
brain. A German was arrested, tried and imprisoned 
18 years for the offense. Another, believed guilty, escaped. 
Mr. Page was greatly respected as a citizen, was popular as 
an officer, ^nd his death was greatly deplored. IIi& funeral 
was more largely attended than any ever in the place. 
March 24, a nicely constructed bridge on the railroad just 
east of the village, took fire from the freight engine and ' 
was consumed. Oct. i, Widow Mary Bachelder, aged 73, 


was about her work, although slightly unwell, but fell sud- 
denly and died in a few minutes. 

1874. Aug. 31, Mrs. Mehitable Magoon, wife of David 
L., had been unwell for a time, but died very sadtlcnly, 
aged 6g. 

1875. April 6, George H. Roberts, aged 23, son of An- 
drew J., was out in a boat north of the village with a young 
Stevens. The boat was upset and Mr. Roberts was drown- 
ed. May 7, Catharine P. Harrison perished by the road- 
side in Candia. She was returning to her home in this 
town. There was a rain. A coroner's inquest held by Dr. 
T. M. Goulil and a suitable number of Jurymen gave a ver- 
dict, implicating others of neglect, &c., together with ex- 
posure to the rain, aged 50. 



This was the name formerly much used in reference to 
places where the dead were deposited. They were like- 
wise called grave-yards. Latterly they are aften culled 
cemeteries, especially if large. 

After the apostacy of the first human pair, the decree of 
the Most High went forth, " Dust thou art, and to it shall 
thou return." In view of this and other considerations as to 
conveniences and the fitness of things, the most natural way 
of disposing of the dead is to bury them in the earth. How 


soon this began can not be stated. The first dead body, so 
far as we know, was that of Abel. Adam, Methuselah and 
others died. Were they buried? Most likely, for altera 
time the expression prevailed in speaking of persons dying, 
"They were gathered to their fathers." And where that 
was, is indicated by the information given thus, '* And saw 

Cremation is a notion somewhat new. That is, the burn- 
ing of dead bodies to ashes. It has been done in a few 
cases. It is not likely it will become common. 

Love to friends is strong. We love on and love ever. 
The departed are not forgotten. Their last resting-place is 
a lovely spot. ** That's hallowed ground where loved ones 
sleep." Visits there are frequent, and if sad, they are val- 
uable. There we seem almost to converse with loved ones 
again. There we hear voices sweeter than song. Adorn, 
every such place with fitting surroundings. Plant trees for 
ornament and shade. Raise monuments. Deck every 
grave with flowers. Soft zephyrs will fan them. The 
winds will chant a requiem. And the birds will sing fitting- 
ly there. 

Abraham's burying-place is the first of which there is an 
account. That was three thousand seven hundred years 
ago. Jacob was carried from Egypt to Canaan for burial. 
Joseph was buried in Egypt, but when his people left that 
land, the charge he had given was obeyed. His bones 
were carried to the land they were afterwards to pos- 

Of the time of some of the early burying-places it is impos- 
sible to speak here. The earliest principal settlement was 
about Freetown mills, and likely the first place designated 
as a place for burial was that south of the mills and near 
the old 13ean place. Those living at the Branch buried 
here. Also from the southerly part of the Page road. 
There were settlements in these different localities not far 
from 1750, and that grave-yard probably was laid out soon 

after. It has been enlarged and improved, especially by 
the Bean family on their ude, when they were there and 
owned Ihe land. 

Tlie next among the early ones was that on the Kpping 
road from Ihe Gove school-house. Many were buried there 
from the part of the district above and from a portion of the 
Page road. But few bury there now, and it is neglected, as 
to the fences around it and the adorning within. Still it is 
lovely to those who have friends bwried there. It is amidst 
the sublimities of nature, retired from the hustle of the busy 
world, but one dwelling in sight, a beautiful pine grove near 
at the we^^t, variegated hills, fields, vales about it, and a riv- 
ulet with slight water-fall but a few rods away. 

The next, probably, in point of time, is that at the Branch. 
It is pardy in Chester, and those living in neighborhoods on 
both sides of the hne, bury in it. This till 1867 was the 
largest in town, containing more than half an acre. The 
ground is undulating, rising in a considerable swell from 
the street. In point of expense in fitting up what few lots 
there are. the neatness and beauty of them, and valuable 
monuments, as welt as a nice wall of split stone next to the 
street and a 6ne roir of trees planted there, this cemetery 
stands first in town. Mr. Osgood True, of Chester, led the 
way in fitting up a lot. It was the first, well done, in town. 
Benjamin Poor, Esq., followed with the first monument in 
town, of large proportions. This lot, too, is well arranged. 
The monument is of beautiful granite, was erected in 1873, 
is plain but elegant, the top having well cut moldings, and 
its whole appearance is admirably adapted to the purposes 
for which it is intended. 

Another very fine monument is on the lot of the late John 
Whitlier. This is of marble and nicely proportioned. But 
few in our country towns in this part of the State make a 
more modest, nnd yet good appearance than this. Another 
is on the lot of a True family of Chester. A daughter of 
Joseph True, Mrs. Davis, was brought here and buried. 


One standing about five feet high was erected for the family 
of Major John Todd several years since. 

Other improvements are contemplated in this burying- 
place. We can not speak in too high terms of the loveli- 
ness of the situation. Pine groves are near, through which 
the winds blow with a sound rather plaintive. The Branch 
river flows gently by, within ten rods. And a lively brook- 
comes down just north of the enclosure. 

TnK Lanes. The date of the commencement of this 
can be given. The following document speaks for itself: 

** Raymond, April 22, 1779. 

I, the Subscriber, do freely give a quarter of an acre of 
Land for the use of a burying-yard lying in the Southwest 
corner of my lot eight rods on the front running back by 
mark woodman's land far a nuf to contain a quarter of an 
acre. Daniel Lane.** 

** We the Subscribers do ingage to keep it wall fenced — 
David Lane, David Lane, Jr., Isaac Lane, Jonathan Lane, 
Josiah Lane, Mathias Mains, Daniel Norton, Ebenezer ta- 
bor, Samuel Shannon.*' 

The spelling is preserved. The Daniel Lane who gave 
the land, was the father of the late Ezekiel Lane, the black- 
smith, and a man of honor and good standing. It is no re- 
flection upon him or others in former times that spelling viras 
not correct. We find on the town records about the date of 
the above, a vote raising money to repair •' hiwas." Gid- 
eon Currier, father of the late Asa Currier, is writtten **Gid- 
on kier." In 1802 the support of Mr. Smart and a Miss 
Pollard was set up at vandue. The record is, that Mr. 
Smart was ** noct" of to Daniel Pervere at twenty-six dol- 
lars fifty cents for the year. Miss Pollard was ** noct** of 
to John P. Lovering for five pence per week. 

This digression is for explanation and variety, and we 
just add that one reason why some did not learn to spell in 
former times was, teachers were sometimes deficient. There 
were cases of most egregious blunders in pronouncing 



words. We have the following as of actual occurence. 
The word society was in the lesson. The teacher gave 
it out ** soocity.** It was spelled, the second syllable '* oc* 
<' och,* the teacher said «' the next," «« the next." The 
scholars wondered, but a bright-eyed girl,, whom we after- 
wards knew, down the class in the floor, got her eyes on an 
open spelling-book, and seeing the word society, spelt kt 
believing that was the soodty. Whether the teacher al- 
tered the pronunciation is not known. 

Resuming the subject under consideration, it is to be said 
the burying-place in the Lane neighborhood is kept in a 
good condition. Slate or marble stones are numerous and 
there are no dwellings crowded up near it. 

The next is in the village. It was laid out on the land 
purchased by the town on wliich to set the meeting-boos^ 
about the time of its removal there. It was opened about 
the year 1799* The first buried in it was a son of Daniel 
Towle on the Long Hill. He died Aug. 30, 1799. 1^® 
first monumental stone in it was slate, and was pla'ced at 
the head of the resting-place of* Fanny McClure, soon after 
her death in 1815. Many were buried here, and it became 
nearly iull. It was enlarged, by the town in 1853 giving 
more of its land. Still it was becoming full, its location in the 
village was not in accordance with modem ideas of retirement 
for such a place, and the necessity of a new one was felt. 

A town meeting was held Nov. 9, 1869, to vote on the 
propriety of having a State Police, and an Article was in- 
serted in the warrant, to see if the town would authorize 
the Selectmen to purchase land for a ccmeter}*. On motion 
of J. S. James, Esq., it was voted that the Selectmen be in- 
structed to purchase land not less than four acres, within 
suitable distance of the Town Hall ; two acres to be used by 
the public for burial, the remainder to be disposed of in 
lots to individuals. Chose as a committee to advise with 
the Selectmen, William B. Blake, J. S. James and William 
P. Tufts. 


The place obtained has more than four acres, perhaps 
about six ; is admirably located, retired from the village, is 
bounded in part by Lamprey river, is not a dead level, and 
has trees of natural growth for ornament and shade ; others^ 
with flowers, will doubtless be planted there. 

July i6, 1871, at five o'clock in the afternoon, it being 
Sabbath, the grounds were dedicated by appropriate serv- 
ices. The assembly was large. Very many were accom- 
modated by sitting in their carriages during the services. 

It had been arranged that Deacon Hayden Higley pre- 
side. Invocation by Rev. B. S. Manson. The writer of 
this book made introductory explanations. Addresses were 
made by Rev. Josiah Higgins, Prof J. Woodbury Scribner; 
and Miss Josie A. Leach read Whittier's wonderful descrip- 
tive poem, entitled, **The old Grave-yard." Prayer was of- 
fered by Rev. Samuel Bowker. The exercises were inter- 
spersed with singing by a choir present. 

About seventy have already been buried there. Quite a 
number were removed from other places. Lots have sold 
somewhat readily. Some of them have been well fitted, so 
that they are not only convenient,but beautiful, so artistically 
and tastefully arranged. 

The only other burying-place for general use to those in . 
the vicinity is that at the Green. It is well enclosed and its 
locality is a good one for a dmall district. 

Family burying-places are numerous. The ofdest is that 
for the Pevere family south of Oak Hill. On the Hill are 
Abbott^s, also Holman's. West is that of the late David 
Bacheler, still farther west is James and Benjamin Bache- 
ler's. Mr. Pecker has a place, but probably it will not be 
permanent. There is one near the widow Gilman, Horace 
Brown, Amos Bachelder, Samuel "Healey, the late Colonel 
Brown, the Prcscotts, Charles Brown, Benjamin Dcarborni 
the late Jeremiah Fullonton, Capt. Tilton, Levi Moulton, 
Colonel G, H. Tucker's summer residence on Long Hill, 
Moses L. Lovering, J. Tucker Dudley, and the Blakes. 


This last is a very fine one, prepared at great expense. In 
this the Rev. E. D. Cliapman was buried. The Dudley's 
has been fitted up worthy or the ancestral line buried in iL 
Mr. Lovcring in 1874 had a good tomb built in his, llic first 
in town. The Scribners have a place near the old home, in 
which is a suitable monument. 

Thrre are a few other places where persons have been 
buried. Near the house of Tappan Currier there is one or 
more graves inside of the road fence. In the orchard of Mr. 
Tuft's land near Lieut. J. E, Cram's, persons were buried, 
but long ago they were plowed over and no one knows 
where they are. Ye dews, distil lightly, ye storms fall 
gently, ye winds blow softly, eun, moon and stars throw down 
your light lovingly on the place of cherished friends depart* 
ed, where they slumber in their last repose. 




It is natural to enumerate the persons in a particular lo- 
cality. One, who has cattle, horses and sheep, is sure to 
know just how many there are. In a family, the number of 
children and of the whole family, children and adults are 
always known ; and this by enumerating them. It is de- 
sirable to know how many people there are in a town, state 
nation, kingdom, empire. Man is made a valuable beinf 
and for important purposes. How many are there? There 


is often a necessity of knowing for some considerations in 
state and national purposes. 

Numbering people existed among some of the nations of 
antiquity. The Israelites in the days of Moses and Joshua 
were numbered. The taxing of the Jews by the decree of 
Cesar Augustus as named by the sacred writer, Luke, at the 
time of the coming of the Saviour, was numbering them, or 
taking the census. 

The census of the towns in New Hampshire was taken twice 
while under the government of Great Britain. The first 
was in 1767, three years after this town was incorporated. 
It was done by the Selectmen and probably by order of the 
Provincial Assembly On page 37, the items of this census 
in this town are given. ^ 

The next was iri 1775, the year the war commenced, and 
just 100 years ago. That was by order of the Provincial 
Assembly. The following is a copy of the return of the 
Selectmen to the Assembly : 

Males under 16 years of Age 187 

Males from 16 years of age not in the Army 120 
All males above 50 years of Age 24 

Persons gone to the Army 18 

All Females 334 

Negroes and Slaves for Life o 

Rockingham ss Raymond Septr 11, 1775. Then John 
Dudley Thomas Gorden and Ebenezer Cram Select Men of 
said Raymond made Solom Oath to the truth of the number 
of the Persons Sett in the within lines tliat it Contains all 
the Persons Living in said Raymond to the best of their 
Knowledge before me Jonn Swain Parish Clerk'* 

The Marshall, who] took^the census here in 1830, was 
Ebenezer Butler, Esq., of Nottingham. In 1850 it was 
Charles Godfrey, of Epping. In 1870 Folsom Dow,of Epping. 



A singular fact of the census of 1830 was, that while the 
population was just 1000, the sexes were equally divided, 
, there being 500 males and 500 females. 

The greatest population was in i860. Tlie following is 
the exhibit at the diRerent times tn which the census has 
been taken : 



gain i 

n 8 years 



' 15 " 



•1 « 

10 " 



" ' 

" " 


1820 — 961 

" ' 

" " 


1830 — 1000 

It ( 

I it •■ 



loss * 

t «( <( 


1850 — 1256 

gain ' 

' " "■ 


i860 — J 270 


' " •' 


1870 — 1I3I 


' *' '* 




A collection of Indian articles in possession of Captain 
David Pecker, is named on page 12. On page 197 it is 
stated that the father of Major Thomas Dearborn was killed 
in the Revolutionary war. The gun he used in the service 
is still preserved and is in possession of Hon. Abraham 
Emerson, of Candia. In June 1874, calling there, we saw 


it. It was handed to us by a lady, is old looking and miser- 
able in appearance ; still we handled it carefully, being 
aware it had been in the thickest of the fight, had done good 
service and. might kill still, if it should have a charge in 
it. • 

Some years ago we saw a wig of whitish hair, such as 
men wore to church and on other important occasions. They 
were worn as a fashion and show, some men not very old 
having them. 

The best collection of antiquarian articles, and the only 
one in town of any importance, is in possession of Levi S. 
Brown. Tiiey were mostly possessed by Jonathan Swain, 
Esq., and his son Levi Swain, who both lived on that 
place. They were used, some of them at least, from seventy- 
five to one hundred years ago. 

First, we see a very nice substantial eight day clock. It 
is said that in its time, it cost eighty dollars. 

Next is seen a bed covering. It is nicely quilted, and the 
borders curiously wrought. Also, one nicely woven, both so 
well preserved that they appear as well as new. 

There is a skirt that belonged to Mrs. Cross, of Brent- 
wood, also one that belonged to the mother of Mrs. Levi S. 
Brown, both nicely quilted. 

Pillow-cases not so wide as now, but an opening an inch 
wide on the sides of wrought needle-work. There is fine 
table linen and window curtains of great plainness, of dif- 
ferent stripes. 

There is a nice shirt for a man, with wide collar to turn 
over on the collar of the coat. The wristbands are finely 

Wooden plates out of which food was eaten. They appear 
to have been used till worn through at the bottom. There 
is a punch bowl, a glass tumbler, holding nearly a quart, 
and a small one very beautiful. Cups and saucers about 
half the size as now. Pewter plates, pewter porringer, 
knives and forks, used till nearly worn out ; a wood noggin 


to dip water with, the staves finely pot togetlicr anddf dif- 
ferent kinds of wood. 

The deer-skin breeches were nice in thdr day, and have 
been well preserved. An overcoat is not of valuaUe ma- 
terial, but its form looks ancient. So of a ladies* cliMik and 
hood. A pair of ladies' stockings are good. A. hat, be- 
lieved to have been beaver, worn and old, with a weiy broad 

These and some other things at Mr. Brown's are well 
worth seeing. They enable us to look to the fdatnucas and 
simplidty of early times. And if some things were had 
that made a good show, there was a value and a aubstanoe 
in them, that made them serve important purposes. 



This is a belief in holding communications witli the-de- 
parted in the spirit world. Something of the kind was 
known in the old countries in the seventeenth century. It 
was manifested more especially over a hundred years ago, 
under the teachings of Emanuel Swedenborg, bom in Stock- 
holm^ Sweden. His writings were considerable, and it is a 
tradition that just before his death in London, in 1772, he 
predicted that in about eighty years his views or similar ones 
would be more general and prominent. 

The rappings among spiritualists were first known in Ar- 


cadia, Wayne County, N. Y., in 1847, in the house of John 
D. Fox. Communications through what are caUed mediums 
were in 1849. 

Among the most prominent in extending spiritualism is 
Andrew Jackson Davis, born in Blooming Grove, Orange 
County, N. Y., Aug. 11, 1826. It is said that in 1844, he 
was in a trance sixteen hours, and had important communi- 
cations with invisible beings. Also by magnetism he was 
thrown into an abnormal state, in which he dictated a work 
of 800 pages. It is entitled, *• The Principles of Nature,— 
her Divine Rule, and a Voice to Mankind.*' It has many 
readers. Healing mediums came somewhat late, and the 
believers in spiritualism are numierous in several countries. 

On the subject of what is usually called spiritualism, there 
has been no special interest here. Few have read, nor do 
many know much about it. At times one here and there 
has expressed a favorable opinion of it, so far as they under- 
stand it, but no firm or fixed belief in it. A native of the 
town, however, residing in Boston, is a spirit medium. 
Mary M. Smith, daughter of Jacob Smith, brother of Oliver, 
was born here in 1847, but the family resides in Exeter. At 
the age of 16 she went to Boston, and becoming associated 
with spiritualists, became a believer and a medium, acting 
also as a medical medium. At the age of 18 she married 
Mr. John Hardy in Cambridge, but Boston is their place of 
residence. She is still very active in holding what are call- 
ed spirit circles. In what we say, we simply give history, 
but express no opinion for or against spiritualism. 





Some indmadon is given in the early part of this work, 
that portions of the town are made up of land not vcfy 
good. This is the case with a somewhat wide belt finom eaal 
to west through the central parts. Many travelers this wmy, 
who live on richer farming lands, so judge it. We will give 
a story of what is related as having token place at an early 
^period relative to this. We have named on page 36, that 
Benj. Prescott lived east of the Harriman road, lie uras the 
father of Sergeant W. Towle*s wife, also of ' Wm. Partridge 
Prescott, in the list of Revolutionary soldiers. The story 
isi that a Prescott lived just above David Pecker's, on the 
south side of the road, and we think it was the same Benja- 

He was by the road one day, a stranger came along, and 
the following conversation took place : 

Stranger. **How der, du?" 

Prescott. **How du, sir?'* 

.Stranger. **I should think the more land one owns here, 
the poorer he would be/* 

Prescott. **I don't own but two acres.** 

The stranger appeared relieved, as if no more than that 
was possessed, he had no great occasion to pity him. 

We take occasion to say, on lands here not the best for 
farming, with labor, frugality and economy, there has gen- 
erally been a competency. So it will be. 

There have been at different times, some intimations that 
ores of some value may exist here. We will give a brief 


account of these intimations without laying stress on them, 
being incredulous as to there being any worthy of note. 

In the autumn of 1850, one C. K. Morrison was here two 
or three days, professed to make some geological examina- 
tions near the village and a mile or two away, and thought 
there were copper and silver. Some springs he saw, he 
thought had medicinal properties. He wrote on two sheets 
of paper what he discovered and left it with David Pecker, 
It is now in our possession. 

In 1865 Asa Brown in the Lane district was strongly of 
opinion that there was a valuable silver mine on hi? farm. 
There was great excitement about it. Some of the papers 
had it that it was gold. Some thought it extended into the 
highway, and so the town itself might get enough to pay 
its great debt, and perhaps have a surplus to divide among 
the citizens. 

We of course pushed up to see what was there, and were 
led to say as in the Bible as to a place in the vicinity of the 
garden of Eden, **The gold of that land is good ;" that is, 
we felt as farmers all about town did relative to it at what 
they heard ; shrugging their shoulders, winking at each 
other, they struck for silver and gold by plowing their fields 
and cultivating them. 

Mr. Brown still owns the farm, but lives in Fremont. So 
late as Jan., 1875, he had some of this ore shown to the 
editor of the Portsmouth yournal^ who states in that paper 
that it is rich in lead, and that it is thought in the same mine 
there is rich silver ore. 

Another thing may be mentioned, probably news to about 
all of our citizens. Within five years, in one branch or 
both of the city government of Portsmouth, some little at- 
tention has been given to a proposition to obtain water for 
the city from one of our excellent ponds in town. It is not 
known what will come of it, but the subject is named here 
\o show what importance is attached to the place. 

Not far from the time of arranging what we put down in 

this chapter, a visit was made to our frietid. Col. R. E. Pat- 
ten, of Candia, a lover of antiquarian research. He suggest- 
ed that we get into this book something of the mirthful, as 
it is proper for n town history, would give zest tn it nnd make 
it take better. Our reply was, our organ of mirth fulness, 
phrenological ly, is not much. But on examination of these 
pages afterwards, it was found there was more than in any 
such work wc have seen. Perhaps a little more may not be 
amiss. We profit by the Colonel's advice and give the fol- 
lowing as suggestions to our people. In view of the fnci that 
we have some poor lands, and may be valued miiieralst &C> : 

Don't say we'ro poor, with SDcli rigli ore. 

We may hdve here a ireuur«; 
We'll search mid find, \( fartuiiD'a kJotl. 

For profit and for plonsur*. 

Plow up tlio ptiiiiis, in arid nuida. 

Wunltlt for our sons iiud dftugiiUni ] 
Go search our streams, our ponds and springs. 

Find valued mineml waters. 

Bring crow-htr, pk&, drivs drilli. cMA, dkk. 

CleaTo mnssivo rocks ssander ; 
Drive Iron wedges, in solid lodge*. 

There's woalUi In Uiem or under. 

Oat enrly mom, begin nt dawn, 

Worlc erer nod worii aieadjr; 
Tlte folks tt boma will sound the bom 

WJien "Jonny cokes" are ready. 

Girls do Dot to "spin street yam," 

lis business never paying; 
Wash, tiakc and mend, 'tis "Grecian bend," 

Beliere what I am saying. 

The Portsmouth men, wilh foresight ketm 
Have searched the liills and mounbdns ; 

And thought wilh pipes to Ritymond lakes 
They'd tiave pure water fountains. 

Kow boys cheer op, our star of bope 



Is in the high ascendant; 
We*re on the the rood.that^s sure to lead 
To wealth and fame resplendent. 

Old Raymond town will have renown, 

It may not bo in a minute ; 
So fair young men and lovely dimes, 

rieuso marry, soltlo in it 



In the state of things from the incorporation in 1764 on 
for a third of a century and more, there was not likely to be 
anything written for the press in this town. A newspaper, 
called **The New Hampshire Gazette" had been established 
in Portsmouth in 1756, two or three years later two at Exe* 
ter, but one of them did not live long. The *' New Hamp- 
shire Patriot" was published in Concord in i8o8. 

Judge Dudley died in 1805. A sketch of his public serv- 
ices» evidently written for publication has been in our pos- 
session. If published, probably it was in the <*New Hamp- 
shire Gazette." It would make but a square or two. 

Sermons at ordinations in early years were often printed. 
But we have no account of any here. 

Nov. 3,1811, Mrs. Jane Cram died. She was the first 
wife of Capt. Ebenezer Cram. He was afterwards Colonel, 
and Philbrick Cram was a son. A small pamphlet was 
published, containing an account of her . Christian expe- 


rience, sickness and peaceable death. One copy* at least, is 
■in town. 

Rev. Dav!d Burt, pastor of the Congregational church, 
on fast day, 185.I, gave a discourse, which at the request ot 
several citizens, was printed. 

A few, late years, have written for newspapers. Calvta 
H. Brown wrote a very good account of (he centennial cele- 
bration in 1864, which was published in the " Independent 
Democrat" at Concord. The author of this book for nearly 
forty years has been the regular correspondent offrom three 
to five papers in New Englimd, one in New York city, and 
one as far west as Chicago, Illinois. He was editor of the 
"Granite Pillar," a temperance paper, published in Exeter 
two years, ending in 1843, and editor of the " ifyrtle," a 
Sabbath school paper, published in Dover, seven years, 
ending in 1854. What has been written for newspapers 
makes eight scrap-books, some of them very large. Afodest 
as we are in view of the value of our own work, we are not 
prepared to do as Rev. Benjamin Butler of Nottingham, 
who, on retiring from the ministry there in 1770, committed 
his manuscript sermons to the flames, saying they made 
more light then than they could in any other way. 
_ Besides the above, articles were written for a Quarterly, 
some of them running through quite a number of pages. 
The following were the subjects : " Second Adveutism ;" 
" Heaven ;" " Modem Astronomy, and an account of Dud- 
ley Leavitt, the Almanac Maker ;" "Slavery j" ".^ricultur- 
at Interests ;" " Process of Grace ;* " History of the Tem- 
perance Enterprise;" "The Invention ofWriting, theAlpha- 
^bet and Art of Printing ;" " Our Country ;" " Woman's Po- 
sition and InAuence." 

Prof. John Pullonton was appointed a corresponding edi- 
tor of the " Morning Star" in 1839. For years he wrote 
much and continues to write some. He has written for 
- some other publications. 

On the first of January, 1875, a paper was commenced 

OF RAYMOND. ' 881 

here by " The Raymond Advertising Club,** called «« The 
Raymond Advertiser." It is issued quarterly, furnished- 
free, and is designed chiefly for advertising. One number 
of another paper appeared in April, 1875, called •'The Ray- 
mond Enterprize.*' It was by Kimball and Stickney, traders 
in the village. 

These publications, particularly by their advertisements, 
indicate the business activities and industries of the place, 
and seem to foretell something much greater in newspaper 
publications, at some time in the not far off future. This 
history of the town is the first work in book form, but it is 
is trusted other volumes on subjects of vital interest, may 
be produced in after years, by ablo,intellectual, learned per- 
sons, who shall be qualified to write them. The celebrated 
Lord Bacon, of England, more than two hundred years ago, 
said, •« The world is full of books." It is fuller now, but 
room for more, if they shall be of the right character- 



The winter, ending with February, 1875, was noted for 
very cold weather. With good homes, the good things of 
life, good books, good friends, and good conversation, there 
was enjoyment. But without, it seemed almost cheerless. 
In the midst of this, various kinds of birds,were occasionally 
seen, such as stay with us in the cold Aeaaon. To them at- 

TUB nmoET 

1 is now called as they help to cheer in that somewhal 
f^Mtmy time of the year. This is a part of our history'. 


Tlie birds of sonrnre mostlj goo*. 

In warmer clinics iJicy're singing ; 
Whon Bpring sluUI come tixin tliejr'll rctnra. 

nidr merry voices rin^ng. 

Swcot cliicJcatlce h ilh merry gteo, 
Toti're wclvumo hero in vriitUr; 

With stirring nolea from tenor 
Our door-yards freely enter. 

Some sonny day the serMming jaj 
Comes out of ilitle luid thieliet; 

lu coat of blue a tky-light hue. 
And nerer seeming proud of it. 

The Snow-bird oomes prcsa^og 1101111, 

It stadiea well Uie weather; 

Uore sure to liU tliun almanac 

And wise heuda allogotlier. 

The owl n licard in dcep«$t wood. 
And alwnya in Uio niglit Umo; 

lU note ii, a loot n toot. 
And given iii tJie right time. 

Tlio pBFtrldge gtKxl in pleasnnt mood. 

No art, no crnft, 00 canning; 
He fears not mao, but d><gs and gun ; — 

In winter never drumming. 

The crow is here, but he don't ch^er ; 

lis notes are chiufly "caw," "cawj" 
The brmer storms, anys tbat meins cc 

Thai's what the p'ague bafier. 

Don't l>e too hard on that dark bird,. 

His crop needs soniet' ing in it ; 
Exteml your lines on planted com, 

Hell think it's a snare and shun IL, 


Somo hearts deyotil thank heaven for sleep, 

And *tis a blessing peerless ; 
But wo want words to praise for birds. 

Without them winter 's cheerless. 



One or two things have been left out by accident. One, 
a biographical sketch of Rev. Stephen Bailey, the second 
pastor of the Congregational church, was not inserted in 
the Chapter on Biography where it belonged, as an account 
of his last place of residence, last labors and death, was not 
obtained till after that chapter was printed. 

Since the account of the stores was put in print as found 
on page 151, B. F. Til ton has erected a new store of good 
proportions and now trades in that, having taken as a part- 
ner his brother, J. N. Tilton. 

In the account of stores on the page indicated, by some 
means the apothecary store of Dr. T. M. Gould and Afr. 
Fitts was omitted. It is named, however, on page 176. It 
should be noted that the building thus occupied was erected 
in 1868, and the apothecary business commenced about 
that time. The various drugs, medicines and miscellaneous 
articles arc nicely arranged. Order and neatness 
appear. The post-office is on one side, and in the course of 
each day and evening, it is a place of much company and 


business. The hall overhead is occupied by the Junietta Or- 
der of Odd Fellows. 

It is not quite so stranfTL' that there was an omission of 
mention of the store of Jacob Elliot, as that was on an oat- 
skirt of the (own, on the road to Fremont. Mr. £lliot open- 
ed a store in 1844, and discontinued it in 1873. 

The minister appointed to the Methodist church in April of 
the present the Rev. A. L. Kendell, a native of Roy- 
alston, Mass. Rev- John D. Folsom, born here and named 
on page 80 and 92, has relurncil to tliis Stale and is preach- 
ing in Hudson. 

Other changes within the last few months are more seri- 
ous. Rev. Nathaniel L. Chase, pastor of the Methodist 
church here in i860, died in Manchester. Mjty 3, 1875. 
Rev. Matthew Newhall, who resided liere ten years ending 
in 1873, died in Greenland May 4, 1875, aged 76. He had 
been in the ministry 48 years. 

On the next page after the title page, it is named that this 
work would be for sale by S. G. Drake, 17 Broomfield St., 
Boston. His name y^a& down for ten copies, to begin with. 
Mr. Drake died June 14, 1875, aged 76. lie was born in 
Pittsfield, N. n.. was a school teacher many years, laught- 
in Epping, in Raymond, &c. In Boston kept an antiqua- 
rian bookstore, and was the author of some books, which 
were puhlished. 

On the same page it is said, this book would be for sale 
in the village by Mrs. Susan M. Lane. Mrs. Lane died 
June ig, 1875, aged 40. Near relationship does not allow 
us to speak of her excellences. In the language of the 
■ English poet, Thompson, we say, " Come then, expressive 
silence, nurse her praise." 

Rev. Stephen Bailey. The biographical sketch of this 
minister, once pastor of the Congregational church here, 
belongs properlyin Chapter VIII., Biography, commencing 
on page 93. Persistent efforts were made for years to get an 
account of him, but nothing definite was obtained until la 



March of this year. So, what is at hand, is inserted here. 
Fifty-one years have pased since he left town. Many live, 
who recollect him, and all will want to know what he did 
after leaving, and the tim^ of his death. 

Stephen Bailey was born in Greenland, N. H., Jan. 17, 
1784. Early religious privileges were with the Methodists. 
They had preaching in Portsmouth, adjoining Greenland, 
before 1807, and in Greenland and Newington soon after. 
In those times there were great zeal, devotion, earnestness 
with some excitement with them, and quite congenial with 
Mr. Bailey's naturally active spirit. He yielded to the power 
of truth, and the arguments and invitations given, and made 
a public profession of religion. 

He became active as a public exhorter, and after a time a 
preacher. We have no dates save these. About 1810 was 
the period of his first preaching. We have an account of 
his preaching in Newington, not far from that date. It was 
the Sabbath ; the meeting was in the meeting-house used by 
the Congrcgationalists. Many attended. In one part of the 
day, the passage of Scripture used as a text was, Prov. 11 : 
9, ** Rejoice, O young man in thy youth," &c. Good re- 
sults appeared, one professed .conversion, others were in- 
fluenced to commence a better life, among whom was John 
Ad.ims, of that town, then about 19 years of age, who not 
long after became pious, and later a Methodist preacher, 
known as ** Reformation John Adams." lie ever after ac- 
knowleged Mr. Bailey as his spiritual father. 
. Mr. Bailey continued with the Methodists a few years, 
then joined the Congregationalists. He came to this town 
early in 181 7, preached to great acceptance, a good interest 
was manifested, and quite a number united with the church. 
He was installed as pastor, Oct. i, 1817. lie was then 31 
years of age. When first coming, he boarded with Deacon 
Cram, north of the- Gove school-house, but on marrying, he 
went into the parsonage house, now occupied by Isaiah 
Young. There one, if no more, of his five children was born. 


His pastorate here was five years. lie was dismissed 
Oct. 22, i8i2. In tlie early part of his labor in town, he 
was held in very high esteem by his parishoners. Before 
he left there was some change. Such things came then as 
well as now, although less then. Sometimes from real 
causes, sometimes not. In this case, however, a part of the 
change was in consequence of his opposing the sentiments 
of Rev. A. Burnham, of Pembroke, and Rev. A. Wheeler, 
of Candia, in sermons here in exchanges with him. The 
sentiments were too highly Calvinistic for his views. From 
the force of his early religious education, he held more 
firmly to the freedom of the will and the doctrine of free 
grace than most Congregation alisls at that time. 

This course of his, caused a part of the alienation of feel- 
ing, although there was not much controversy in the place 
then, nor has there'been since by the friends and opponents 
of Calvinism. The Rev. Mr. Burnham, however, met witl> 
a Utile opposition here from another source, to his preaching 
Calvinism. He was in the midst of a sermon on one occa- 
sion, probably an exchange, when one of the Moodys, we do 
not know which, interrupted him by speaking out, and say- 
ing those things were not so. 

Leaving this town, Mr. Bailey preached on Nantucket Isl- 
and, Mass. Next in Truro and Welldeet, [on Cape Cod. , 
He supplied for a time Salem St. church in Boston, during 
the extended absence of the pastor. This brought him 
down to the year 1838, when be moved his family to Dor- 
chester, near Boston, which was his home till the end of life. 
He was still active in his work, preached in Dorchester some 
years,. labored also in the cause of the seamen, and in spite 
of old age, supplied vacant pulpits in his own State and in 
Maine till eighty years of age. He died in Dorchester, 
Dec. II, 1867, aged 83 years, n months. His widow died 
in 1869. They had five children, two of which, daughters, 
one named Lora G., are living. Their home is in Dorches- 
ter. Tiiey have been, if are not now, teachers. 





W0II just look back to dnjs of yoi*o. 

*Twft8 soventcen hunilrocl sixty four; 
The mccUiig was at Bean's large inn, 

No meeting-house then in the town. 

Men left their fields, their plows and hoes. 

In homely dress, their working clothes ; 
Tlioy went on ftiot*, horseback, in carts; 

Tlioy felt no pride, hail nublo hearts. 

There ofiis yirtue I hare thought 

Both in whaf s done, and what is not ;— 
No buying votes witli cash or rum ; 

The meeting was a model one. 

Now take a peep and see what^s there, — 
S. Dudley fills whh grace the chair; 

To keep town records plain nnd neat. 
They chose for clerk, Ezekiel Smith. 

And next tliey chose for Selectmen, 
Howe, Dudley, Page, able ond strong ; 

They chose inspectors of the deer, 
II killed milawful time of jear. 

Tlioy choso surveyors of the roads, 
To level them and make them good ; 

For constable Whittior, Esquire, 
A man of peace, but fierce hi war. 

The freemen thus arranged their plans, 
And organized the new made town ; 

Town liall is full, wnliliwurd "long paUi" 

And jet don't pull ti>p.-Uicr; 
duties are two, tliey ilisagrM. 

One right ugainsl tiio oUier. 

k>ine hiDiting' rotes, shnko hnnds, pallooaU, 

" Take lliis. lis liunocnilic ;" 
InoUier comes wiili Cbency'i name, 

" Take thb iind np sod at it." 

Joiuo ecrc&m and yell, rush on pcH-meli, 

Tis B.ib«l-Uke confusion ; 
ifod'ntor Drown, Ilia Ixut in tovn. 

Says, "Onlcr! stop iotmsSonP 

,r of ol(] Its wo aro told. 
Could swe Uie Roninn Senate 
With gentle rap. a finger's lap. 
All tranijnil iu'a minute, 

Uod'rator bere from year to year, 

Uust be alike commanding. 
Or " Freeman's day," would be a ftmy. 

And in a timinlt ending. 

Red fieiy mm makes fools or soma; 

It causes the commotion ; 
Keep dear of this, then we'll haTO peace 

In town, and state and nadoo. 

For Sdectmen, Olney T, Brown. 

Mark Scribner, working farmer; 
Corson P. B., these make the (broe, 

AH right; please look no forther. 

Charles Poor, Town Clerk, writer expert, 
Uo checks the names when niting; 

Hecords the votes and all the acts. 
And everything worth noting. 


To get tax rates, Sherburn P. Blake ; 

None can withstmd his dunning; 
He^s lull of Tim, he'll up pitch in, 

Unless tlie tax is coming. 

For General Court^the laws to make, 

'Twas just as all expected ; 
J. Wilson Fisk run n)uch the best, 

Triumphaully elected. ' 

Now ballots bring for most learned man ; 

For schools, the Supervisor; 
A man ! whew, whew ; woman's worth two, 

Miss Burnham is the wiser. 

Town meeting done and all go home ; 

Some hearts ache most distressing; 
But all the good, in peaceful mood. 

Find sleep and dreams a blessing. 



What now? What have these to do with a town history? 

Do not wonder beyond measure. We shall come nearer 
these subjects than the somewhat noted Artemus Ward, a 
public lecturer, but a few years ago did to his. The subject 
of one lecture was, *• The Babes in the Woods.** In a prim- 
er for children there was a story of such little ones being 
stolen, carried away and left in the woods. 

Mr. Ward gave a lecture on various matters, treating 

some mirthfully, some with ridicule, some with biting sar- 
casm, and so forth, and as to " The Babes in the Woods." 
would only say, " They were well enough. I never heard 
any hurt of them." 

Now to our subject for this chapter. Schools at the close 
of a term, or the year, give an exhibition. In tl»is the object 
is to interest by an intellectual and literary show. Again.we 
go out at night to see the heavens above us. We look at 
several of the particular fields of stars, called Constellations, 
as Hercules towards which our solar system is believed to 
be moving; at the Harp; at the Northern Crown, at the 
Great Bear with " the clipper" on it; at Cassiopea ^vith its 
"chair;" at the Lion with "the sickle" on it; at Orion, 
named in the Scriptures, and others all around in the broad 
sky ; and at last end with a gaze at the Galaxy, the belt that 
extends across the vast concave heavens. This is made up 
of an innumerable number of stars, so closely together that 
we see no space between them, making the grandest show 
of all up there. And again, there is sometimes an enter- 
tainment by fire-works. One rocket is sent up, and another 
and another, varying, by the way, in kind. Then as aoy 
approach to sameness tires, or ceases to specially interest, 
the operator sends up a collection of rockets, and the space 
above is ell aglow. 

Well now, we have in this book considered a variety of 
subjects, have studied them, and now propose an ezhibitioa 
while near the close. Men and things have been looked at 
one at a time, and it is now proposed to look at a galaxy of 
them. Webster says this word sometimes is applied to an 
assemblage of persons. 

And then a noted character or important historical event 
has been presented, and then another and another, like 
rockets thrown up one at a time ; now we are to throw up a 
whole collection of them. Please be on the lookout for the 

A word as to the size of the views of the old meeting- 



house and the churches. They are smaller than those of 
other pictures. It was chosen to have them of a size that 
would go in on the pages directly, instead of lengthwise. 


And they were engraved before it was decided to have the 
book in octavo form. Aqd, after all, we think well of the 
size, being adapted to the simplicity, modesty and we hope 
of the humility of the congregations, that assemble for in- 
struction and worship. We have not here as yet the aristo- 
cracy of education, wealth or social position. May there 
never be. There are some who are rich, but as Solomon 
says, ** The rich and the poor meet together" in worship 
much on one common level. For preachers there is a call 
for <' smart men." It is so almost throughout Christendom. 
It strikes a little strangely that there is not a call for great 
men. Smartness and greatness are two very different things. 
It is stranger still that there is not a call for good men. That 
is a qualification so pre-eminently important in those who 
minister in churches, that it should have some place in the 
demands of those who choose teachers in sacred things. 
\ The late Mr. Lucius M. Sargent in ** The Temperance 
Tales," hits a hard blow to some in what they approve in a 
minister, thus, • 

**IIo'll drink down a ^ass, 
IIoMl chat with a lass, 

And thtirs tho parson for mo.*' 

This does not apply to people here, we are happy to say. 

On page 72 mention is made of Mrs. Tilton French, of 
Gilmanton, who taught school here. Since that was writ- 
ten, other particulars have been found relative to hini, that 
may be given, and no place has been found for them till 
now. lie was here a number of winters in the center dis- 
trict, and four in No. 3, now called the Gove district. 
Forty-nine years have passed since he last taught 
here, but some still remember him. Four that he encour- 


aged to qualify themselves for teaching st!ll live, and all are 
here. They are Mr. S. M. Harriman, Mrs. Locke, Mrs. 
Fisk and the writer. 

We have a letter dated May 23, 1867, from the late Prof. 
Dyer II. Sanborn, a native of Gilmanton, and long a resi- 
dent there, in which he says, "Mr. French taught many 
years, and was a useful, successful teacher." 

The French family at Giimanton waafrom East Kingston. 
Samuel, of that town, married Abigail Tilton, hence the 
name Tilion given to the son, of whom we now speak. This 
Samuel was blest with sound lungs, and of such capacity 
that the natural tones of hia voice were ringing, clear and 
rather loud. "People will talk," even if that talk is not 
wise, nor sensible, and if it is designed to be at the expense 
of others as good and better than themselves. So they ap- 
plied the term " still-born" to this genUeman. He noticed it 
much as the moon did the dog that barked at it, that was, 
continued (o shine. 

Mr. Tilton French ceased touching here in 1826. He 
afterwards taught in Gilmanton, Exeter anid other places. 
Past the middle of life he married Miss Mary Ann Calef, of 
Kingston. After ceasing to teach he was agent for some 
useful publications, colporter for disposing of good books, 
and in other ways active and useful, llis heart was in 
whatever he engaged, his manners were easy and agreeable 
80 that he readily gained access to those he wished to benefit. 

Somewhat late in life he moved to Brickton, Cook 
County, Illinois, where, we learned, he was prosperous, was 
deacon of a chiircl). lie died a few years ago, but we have 
not the date. He must have been somewhat aged. Good 
teachers are remembered with gratitude. 

We have great pleasure in having the portrait of Benja- 
min Franklin Dudley put in this work. He has shown a 
good interest in the book,. and has done more to aid in illus- 
trations by views of buildings and portraits than any one 



Benjamin F. Dudley, son of Franklin and Olive (Bean) 
Dudley was born in town, May 23, 1827, The home of his 
parents was opposite of where James Tucker Dudley, Esq., 
lives. His juvenile years were passed at the home place, 
working on the farm and enjoying the limited benefits of the 
small district school. He had a fathers regard, a mother's 
blessing, and withal the good influence of his grandfather, 
Moses Dudley, Esq., whom we have noticed as a great 
reader. The grandfather was not a great talker with chil- 
dren, but what he did say, was encouraging to good con- 
duct, industry and the pursuit of knowledge. 

The subject of this sketch when but sixteen years of age 
was minded to go away from home and the town, and seek 
business, and in time, if fortunate, a competency for him- 
self. In 1843 he went to Boston. Young men at that age, 
away from home, among those mostly strangers, are in 
danger. But he had firmness of purpose, a resolute will to 
be something in the world, and to accomplish something. 
Resolution and will were but quietly manifested, but slowly 
and surely he worked his way to success. He has resided 
in Boston to this time, excepting two years passed in the 
Weist. His business has been, for quite a series of years, 
that of a manufacturer of Copper Bath Boilers. His place 
is No^28 Harvard street. He has been successful in busi- 
ness. .If slight reverses have come, with fortitude he has 
perserved, expecting to win. 

Sarah A. Dudley, whose portrait accompanies this, 
married Benjamin Franklin Dudley. She was daughter of 
John Dudley and Sarah (Swett) Dudley. John Dudley 
was born here and was the oldest child of Moses Dudley, 

Fifly, sixty and seventy-five years ago the West was Ver- 
mont, New York and a little farther on. Some went thither, 
but in those times the large State of Maine, then a district, 
had attractions and many went there. That was familiarly 
called ** Down East.** Haywood, in the ** New England 


fazetter," does not know where that particular locality Is, 
nd wishes information. Mr. Dudley found it pretty nearly, 
oing to the almost extreme easterly or northeasterly part of 
[aine, near Eastport. The town of Perry was his residence. 
[e removed in 1832 lo Waile, Me. He was prominent as a 
lan ot enterprise and public spirit, so held diAereat offices, 
'rom some of the family we have it that he was elected to 
le Legislature two years. On page 213 we put it dowa 
[ght years. We can not tell now what our authority was 
>r that, but probably two years was the time he served as 

John Dudley, according to our account, had six children, 
f which Sarah A, was the fourth. She was born in Perry, 
le., Feb. 13, 1824. A londness for books and a love ot 
aowledge evinced themselves. Enjoying some literary 
dvantages, she became qualified for the high calling of a 
. ;acher. In 1847 she went to Boston and taught in tbe 
, public schools till her marriage. Not unfrequently it is a 
a loss to the interests of education for lady teachers to enter 
the married state, but they become highly useful in the 
family and social relations. 

James Tuckeh Dudley. Ilia portrait accompanies this 
sketch. His name was James Tucker, son of Barnard 
Tucker. He is of the Dudley line of descent, liis mother 
having been Sally Dudley, daughter of Moses Dudley, £sq., 
and his wife, Nancy (Gliilden) Dudley. His homestead 
had been in the family name 125 years. His son Franklin 
lived opposite on a part of the land, but having no son to 
inherit the farm still in hia possession, and having the ta^b- 
est regard for his honored father, the Judge and others of 
his ancestors, he made arrangement in his will that one of 
his grandsons in the family of Barnard Tucker come into 
possession and keep up the family name. Dudley was 
to be suljstituted for that of Tucker. The result was, James 
Tucker was the favored one, and taking the name James 
Tucker Dudley, he followed on the old Dudley homestead. 

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He mamed Miss Harriet Joselyn, of Boston. They have 
two sons, James Wilson and Walter Joselyn, whom they 
have educated, not for any learned profession, but .for other 
stations in which they may act. 

Mr. Dudley is a farmer, has been Selectman and Repre- 
sentative. Good buildings have been provided, and the 
long lines of split stone- wall around, make a fine substantial 
show. Long may prosperity be on that place. 

Elbridgb Gbrry Dudley, the son of Moses and Nancy 
(Glidden) Dudley, the youngest of a family of seven sons 
and three daughters, was born in Raymond, at the old Judge 
Dudley homestead, which occupied the site of the present 
residence of James Tucker Dudley, Esq., Aug. 13, 1811. 
Until about twenty-one years of age, he remained at home, 
working on the farm, and in the saw-mill, grist-mill and 
blacksmith's shop, then carried on by his father, having no 
advantages of instruction other than that afforded by a few 
weeks of schooling each year, in the district school. Dur- 
ing the next three or four years he was chiefly occupied in 
the summer, in studying, first in the academy at Hopkin- 
ton and then at that in Pembroke, and in winter, in teach- 
ing district schools in his native town. In the spring of 1835 
he entered the freshman class at Dartmouth College, and 
graduated in the glass of 1839. After reading law with 
Charles F. Gove, of Nashua, and Bradford Sumner, of Bos- 
ton, and attending the Cambridge Law School for a term or 
two, in 1842 he began the practice of law in Boston. Hav- 
ing successfully devoted himself to his profession for several 
years, he turned his attention to the real-estate business, and 
carried on quite extensive operations in building dwelling- 
houses, in the city, until the opening of the war. In the 
spring of 1863 he went to Beaufort, S. C, and engaged in 
trade, chiefly with the freedmen of that region, to whom he 
was a friend and benefactor. There he died of a malarious 
fever, after a brief illness, September 18, 1867. His coffin 
was followed to the grave in the Episcopal church-yard, by 


a long procession of real mourners, composed of all th^ 
freedmen from many miles around. His remains were afier- 
wards re-interred in Forest Uill Cemetery, in Roxburj-. He 
was married, Oct. 6, 1846, to Christiana D., daughter ol 
Isaac Duncan of Stoddard, N. H., who died in Boston. July 
7, 1874. Their only children, were two daughters, both 
born in Boston where they now live, namely, Susan Ida, 
July 5, 1850, and Christine, M. L., Oct. 16, 1852. 

Such is the short chronological record of a man, who, al- 
though never conspicuous in public life, as was his grand- 
father. Judge Dudley, possessed traits of character which 
distinguished him in a marked manner from the common 
run of men. In many respects, he was, perhaps, the most re- 
markable man among all the natives of the town. The true 
story of his life, showing just where he was and what he 
did.would make an interesting and inslructive narrative, but 
want of space will permit here only the briefest mentioa of 
some of his characteristic qualities and doings. While yet a 
mere lad, hard al work on the farm, with no associates of a 
studious turn, became to have an eager longing for learn- 
ing, and he improved every opportunity for acquiring knowl- 
edge. While watching a coal kiln, he might be seen poring 
over a grammar or committing to memory Pop»e*a Homer. 
This strong disposition to learn received no encouragement 
from the persons with whom he was in daily contact, but he 
persevered. During his first term at the academy, he re- 
solved to go to college. This was a bold undertaking fcHr 
one situated as he was. It was a pioneer movement in that 
direction. Raymond had never sent a student to college. 
He was already Jully up to the proper age for graduation, 
when he had to begin his fitting, which, for want of means, 
must be extended over several years ; and he was well 
aware that he must earn every dollar required to pay the 
expense of his whole course. He even felt it necesaary to 
keep his intentions a secret for two or three years, lest, if 
divulged, it might expose him to ridicule. During the eight 


years of his academic and college studies, he taught school 
in several districts in the town, and by example and 
precept, as well as by his earnestness and efficiency in 
teaching, he did much to stimulate in the rising generation a 
love of study and self-improvement As a lawyer, he was 
ever more anxious to promote justice than to increase his 
fecs\ and his clients became his friends. When he came to 
employ workmen, he would never allow their interests to be 
sacrificed to his. He considered it a duty to work for the 
benefit of others. In politics he placed principles above 
party, and so he easily cut loose from the party in which he 
was bred, and earnestly espoused the cause of the slave. In 
the famous struggle for freedom in Kansas, he was an ear- 
nest and influential worker, and a liberal contributor of 
money. At the time of his death, he was rapidly rising to 
a commanding position of influence in shaping the political 
reconstruction of South Carolina, and if his career had not 
been thus suddenly cut short, he would have been without 
doubt culled to the highest rgsponsibilities in connection with 
the public service of the State. His high character as a 
man of culture, and of liberal and advanced ideas and con- 
duct in respect to politics, religion, and the rights and inter- 
ests of men, secured for him the warm personal friendship 
of such men as Sumner, Phillips, Garrison, Emerson and 
Parker, who were at times guests at his hospitable board. 
During the last six or eight years of Theodore Parker's 
remarkable ministry at Music Hall, Gerry Dudley was one 
of his right hand men. This ministry greatly developed in 
him the religious spirit He had the most lively faith in the 
justice and benevolence of God, and his faith was manifested 
not by words only, but by works. He loved his native town, 
and honored its industrious and honest inhabitants. It is a 
great credit to the town to have furnished to the world such 
a man an Elbridge Gerry Dudley was. 



Our whole history has been a little over 150 years. Quite 
a space I It embraces more than one third of the time since 
Columbus discovered America, and more than half since the 
settlement of New England began. We have seen what 
events on this small territory have been crowded into thia 
space of time. About five generations have been swept off 
and others have come to occupy their places. England has 
had six sovereigns. We have had all of our presidential elec- 
tions, twenty in number. Eighteen have been Presidents, 
including three chosen Vice Presidents and succeeding to 
fill vacancies. The present incumbent alone survives. 

In this time what inventions? Some may be mentioned. 
The conducting of lightning from the skies io safety to 
buildings, by Franklin about 1746. Steam navigation by 
Fulton in 1807. Railroads by George Stevenson in Eng- 
land in 1830, in our country soon after. The Electric Tele- 
graph by Morse in 1844. The Atlantic Cable much by the 
efforts of Cryus W. Field in 1866. 

And now we cast forward 150 years. Patrick Henry 
said, '* The only way to judge the future is by the past** 
Great events are to come, many of them here. Those liv- 
ing now can do much to make the future glorious. The 
seeds of intelligence and virtue are to be sown. Good lives 
will tell favorably on generadons yet to come. The results 
of well-doing are not doubtful. Yet we can not well help 
asking about the future, 

Who'll till thew lADds with artful sblU P 
And who towD offiuea will till? 


WhoHl merchants and mechanics be f 
And will the people slill be free f 

What youth will throng the schools so fine? 
WhoUl in the learned professions shine? 
AVholl churches tread with willing feet? 
AVholi worship there with hearts devout? 

T\\o changeless sun will be the snm^ ; 
The moon as now will wax and wane ; 
The gliniering stars in vault of night 
Throw down as now their feeble li^ht. 

Hoaven grant the future may be groat, 
Improvement 1)0 in church and State ;• 
This town bo like first Edon fair, 
Where all the highest good shall shara. 

My task is done, my work is o'er, 
I ** Finis" write nnd say no more; 
1 happy am to roach the end. 
Accept tlio book, *tis from your friend. 

Sltaation and extent T 

Laud and fceuerj T 

Rivers - . 8 

Poads, ... ff 

Local nunes, 9 

Curiosity, the OT«n, 11 



Indiaiis, II 

WUdbeasta U 


Early discovery, IS 

Eirat four towna settled in Nev HAinpahfra, U 

Whel«wright's purchaso or the IndiAos, ..... 14 

SeUlwneut of Klngaton, LoDtlondorry, to 14 



Colonel Stephen Dudley purchases the town, .... u 

Name Freetown, ,...-...■ , .16 

Colonel Dudley sells a part to James Dudley, .... ]S 

First saw-mill, .17 

Account of Colonel Dudley, 17 

G0KTKNT8 401 

Gliester granted and settled, '17 

The survey of Raymond, • . . . 18 

Early settlers, .... * 18 

A ride around town, 21 

Benjamin Foor^s place and large elm, 22 

Operations at Moses L. Loyering^s, 28 

Large willow tree at the Goye place, . . .24 

Anecdote of Captain John Fullonton's courting, .... 25 

Place of Gilman Folsom and son, .25 

John Bachelder^s largo Ore-place, 26 

Money hoarded in a bod at Steyens place, 26 

Smitli Settlers in Fiercy, 27 

Nutter & Co's. mills, , ... 28 

Roads before (ho incorporation, 80 

Education and morals, 81 

Town odloers while belonging to Chester, 82 

Name Raymond, . • . .82 




Petitions for incorporation, , . . 85 

First town meeting, .86 

Place for a mocting-housc, 88 

Meeting house frame raised, 89 

Raising of tlio second meeting-house, 41 

Riot at Exeter, . . . .• 42 

Selectmen's bill at a tayem, . 44 

Contest about moying the meeting-house . . . . • .45 

The removal . . . . 45 

Trouble about military duty, 51 

Representative in 1855, 53 

Old meeting-house changed to a town hall 54 

Ctrntcnnial celebration, 1864, 54 

Riiisiug large sums of money, 1878, 56 

Town officers from the beginning, ...... 57 

Justice.^ of the Peace, . . 66 

Postmasters, . . * 67 

Natives Representatives of other towns, 68 



Money for schools and early teachers, 69 

Int sdiool-tioovM 

Ilton Froncli and toiicliers rulsod up, ...... TS 

tporln tending committira, .11 

Jicciloto of committoo In 183'J . 71 

otiege graduatea . T4 

oder-gnduatea Tl 

■nAaatea of aouleinlei Tl 


KcoutaiAn'iCAi. nisTiwT. 

ongregatioDal cbnrcli, gl 

ree Baptist church, .87 

[eUiodUt church, • . M 

niverB&list Society, . . .91 



«T. NebomUh Onlway, M 

ev. Jonathan Stickney, M 

ILer. Sclh FDrnswonh 96 

Eev. Neliemiah LeaviU M 

Rer. Joiepb Uerrill 17 

Bey. Jedediah B. Preacott, . .17 

Ber. Samoel Fogg 98 

B«T. Honry Trae 98 

B«r. True Glldden , . 91 

B«T. Asa Herrill 99 

Bar. David Roble 99 

Rev. Tbonuu F. Raynolda 100 

Bar. Silaa Wiley, 100 

Bot. Edward D. Chapman 100 

Rev. Abraham Folsom, 102 

Dr. Frauds HodgUna, ... 104 

Dr. BeojamiD Page 106 

Dr. Phineaa Troll lOS 

Dr. £. R. Bowell lOfi 

J)r. Stephen Gale - . . . lOS 

Samuel Dudley 101 

Hon. Judge Dudley, Ill 

Nalhaniet Dudley 190 

Hosos Dudley, . . ISO 

Joseph Dudley ISi 

0OMTBNT8. * 408 


JosiahFog^g, 1^ 

Robert Page, 126 

Benjamin Bean, 126 

Jonatlian Swain, 126 

Levi Swain, 126 

James Mooro, . . * 129 

llobci't Moore, 126 

Samuel Nay, * 126 

Ebcnezcr Proscott, l27 

Ebenozor Gram, 127 

Benjamin Cram, 127 

Daniel Norris, 127 

TImotliy Osgood, , . 128 

El)cnczcr Osgood, 128 

John Osgood, 128 

Slierburn Blalie, 129 

Josopli Blake, 129 

Henry Tucker, 180 



Soldiers in French and Indian war, . . . . -. . . 138 

War of Revolution 188 

Killed or died, 186 

Second war with England, 186 

DraainlSU 186 

War witii Mexico, 186 

Late civil war, 186 

Draa in 1868 189 

Those who put in substitutes, . • 189 

Bounties, &a, 140 

Killed or died . . . . Ul 

Military field officers, * • . . 142 

Old-fashioned musters, 148 


Physicians, , .... 146 


Taverns and stores, . 160 


IIoiuM, ........ . IM 

Food, .US 

Dress . lU 

Uodus of Travel, ...... . Itt 

Observance of iho Sabbalh, ..... . U7 

Intoxicating drinki, ..... . U7 

PolilcncM nnd n»pecl, ..... . 138 

Wonmo In Uio OeM, ..... . IM 

Kioknmmes, ....... . Ut 

UKrried (Ute. ...... . ifit 

Poor anil scantf Un, ...... . UB 

Supers' ilion, ...... .160 

Loss of fire, ....... . IB 

Farming tools, ...... . ISI 

Becordiog erentB, ...... . ICS 

Prices . ISS 

Female t«ttclien, ..... . . ISJ 


Origin of ninuunM, ..... m 


Hie village in 1823. ...... .17$ 

Ibe Tillage in 1874, US 



BroffD family ........ 17B 

Blako fumlt;, IW 

BeMi ramily 189 

Currier familj, ....... 193 

Cram family, , . ... . .195 

Dearborn family, ....... 197 

Dudley family 308 

Emer-on family, ... . . Sl£ 

Fullonlon family, .319 

Fogg family, . . 22S 

Folsom fiunfly, . . '. . SSS 



Gile family, . 
Gilman family, . 
Healey family, 
Uarriman family. 
Lane family, 
I»vcriiig family, 
MoihI}' family, 
M(K>ro lainily, . 
McClure family, 
Fatten family, 
Moulton family. 
Nay family, 
Norris family, . 
0.4goo(l family, 
Pago family, 
Toor family, 
Prcscolt family, 
Robie family, 
Scribner family, 
Stevens family, 
Swain family, . 
Tilton family, 
Wallace family, 
Wason family. 
Woodman family. 


Abbott, . . ... 

Anderson, Bislioj), Dagloy, Barbank and Baclicldor, 
Bennett, .....'. 

DoIlolT, Davis, Dodge, Dow, Elliot, Fox and Fowler, 
Flood, GorUon, ..... 

Grove. Griffin, Heath, Holman, Kimball and Leavitt, 
Locke, Marden, Magoon and Norton, 
Pecker and Pollard, ' . . ... 

Runnels and lUcliardson, .... 

Roberts and Sanborn, . . . . . 

Shannon and Smith, .... 

Smart, ......< 

Sweatt, Stickney and Shaw, 

Spinney, Thrasher and Towle, 

Titcomb and Varnum, .... 


























. 800 

. 809 

. 811 


. 8l8 

. 815 

. 817 

. 819 



WblUior. ...... . sB 

Weiidull and Y»rk. ..... .833 

Fuller account of Jonathan Swain Brown's fudljr. , . . SH 

Fuller account of David Doarburn'it family, . ' . . 824 


Record of mortnlUy Sa 

Statistic.^ of deaths and niimbcTS lutring lired b«re, . . S&l 

Longevity SM 

Lul reuorded death, Mr. Elistia Prcsoott, S&fi 


Camialides SST 


At Freetown mllla ■ . . sgg 

In the north eut, and at the Branch, .... . . ggg 

The Lanes, ggj 

In tha village, and a new one near the village and dedication of it, . 3GS 

The Green aod bmily borying-plaoet, ..... 359 


Ptimlalloo 37Q 


0!d time articles, -. gj^ 


Splritnalism ' . . . ' ^^ 


Poor Und, mlnerttl ores, and anggeatlons , ^j^ 


PablicatioDB ^ _ mb 

OOMTBNT8. 407 



Cheer in winter, 881 

Birds of winter in yerse, 882 



B. F. & J. N. Tilton's store, . • 888 

Apotliecary store, 888 

Jacob Elliot's store, 884 

Deailis of Rev. N. L. Chase, Rev. M. Newhall, S. G. Drake and 

Susan M. Lane, 884 

Account of Roy. Slophcn Bailey, 886 



That of 1764, 887 

That of 1876, 888 


Exhibition, Galaxy, fire-works, 889 

Size of yiews of churches, 890 

Tilton French, 891 

Benjamin F. Dudley, 892 

Sarah A Dudley, 898 

James Tucker Dudley, 894 

Elbridgfe Gerry Dudley, 896 


The historian's reflections, 898 

Next page after the title page, third tine, for 18 Cornhill, read 19. 

Page 7, Tor longitude 50' read 5*. 

Page 50. fourtli paragraph from Iheboltom, for i8«6 read 1828. 

Page III, (econd parngraph. for 1S19 read 1749- 
, Page 139. fourth line from bottom, leave out the word "werr."* 

Page 176, third liuc from bottom, for cience read a> 

Page 14. The almoit univerEal na; of ipelling John Wheelwright ia 
we have spelt il here. Probabljr thai is thewaj' it should be, from the orig 
of the auniame. On the page indicated we bare pvl it Wbelewrigfat m» o 
evidence ia be to (palled it. 





Paris, France and Laguna Beach, California 



Laguna Beach, 



Th« laf* 



and his 


in Uguna B*ach, C«lifoniu 

ROBERT D. FULLONTON, Artist and Scholar 


The recent sale of paintings 
supplied a late chapter in the 
life story of Robert Dudley Fullon- 
ton, who died destitute in Orange 
County Hospital, October 15, 1933. 
He left no will; told no one of his 
relatives and quietly passed away, 
a unique character of extraorcU- 
nary abilities, magnificently edu- 
cated, but with all the attributes 
of the stem New Englander ready 
to sacrifice comforts to satisfy 
conscience. He rebelled at the 
conventions and hypocracies of 
life — "would rather starve and 
lead the art-life than prosper and 
be bound by hours and conven- 

Fine paintings of Robert FuUon- 
ton have been sold and are scat- 
tered over the country. A few of 
his finest pictures remain which 
must be sold to provide funds for 
satisfjring claims against the es- 

The ancestry of so talented a 
gentleman can not fail to be of 
interest His own uncle, the Rev. 
Joseph FuUonton of Raymond, N. 
H., was not only the historian of 
his town but also the genealogist 
of the FuUonton family. 



Born August 11, 1876. 

Died October 15, 1933. 

The FuUonton family history in 
America begins with John FuUon- 
ton from England, and wife De- 
liverance. Iliey raised a large 
family in £2pping then a part of 
EiXeter, N. H. (Fullonton's His- 
tory of Raymond, N. H.) 


Capt. John FuUonton, son of 
John and Deliverance, bom 1730 
in Epping, settled in Raymond 
soon after 1700, and died June 14, 
1817; a Revolutionary soldier in 
1776. Married (3d wife) Rachel 
French of Hampton, N. H.. about 
1772. Noted for exceUent pen- 
manship, which had "neatness and 
mechanical finish." 


Dea. Jeremiah FuUonton, son of 
Capt John and Rachel, bom De- 
cember 27, 1775, married Hannah 

Dudley, daughter of Joseph Dud- 
ley, 1804, and direct descendant of 
Governor Thomas Dudley of Mass. 
Bay Colony. Inherited the home- 
stead in Raymond N. H. Weighed 
300 lbs. Deacon in Free Baptist 
Church. Died July 12, 1848. 

Rev. John FuUonton, son of Jer- 
emiah and Hannah, bom in Ray- 
mond, N. H., Aug. 3, 1812. Mar- 
ried Elizabeth Moody EnUott, da. 
of Ephriam and Mehitabel Hasel- 
ton in the Peaslee Garrison House 
at E2ast HavertiiU, Mass., June 1, 
1841. She was bom 1811. He 
graduated from DartmouUi Col- 
lege A. B. 1840, A. M. 1843, D. D. 
1862; Prof. Pastora( Theology, 
Baptist Theological Seminary, 
Whitestone, N. Y., 1850-'64; Prof. 
Biblical Institute, New Hampton, 
N. H., 1854-'71; Prof. Eccl. His- 
tory and Pastoral Theology^ Bates 
CoUege, Lewiston, Me., 1871-'94. 
Died April 17, 1896, Lewiston, Me. 
His only children were John El- 
Uott (b. 1844) and Ida Haselton, 
bom Jan. 14, 1847. Whitestone, N. 
Y., a music teacher and authoress 
at Lewiston, Me. She died May 
21, 1926, leaving $500 to her 
nephew Robert and the balance of 
her estate, inherited from Rev. 
John FuUonton, her father, to 
Bates College. The Rev. John was 
the brother of the Rev. Joseph 
FuUonton, historian of Raymond, 
N. H. 

Lt. John ElUott FuUonton, only 
son of Rev. John and Elizabeth, 
bom 1844 in Clinton, N. Y. En- 
listed at the age of 18 in 1862 in 
Federal Army, serving to close of 
Civil War; a commissioned officer 
on staff of Gen'l. Marston. He 
died 1886. About 1875 he married 
Etta, daughter df Joseph and An- 
nie Whitloe Moohan. Etta ■ was 
bom in St. Georges, Beauce Co., 
P. Q., Canada, August 11, 1853, 
seven months after her father was 
frozen to death Jan. 1, 1853. Her 
father was bom in Ireland 1824; 
her mother was bom in Ejngland 


about 1828, daughter of Joseph 
Whitloe, a ship builder of Quebec 
and who was drowned in the River 
St. Lawrence. . 


Bom in Washington, D. C. 

August 11, 1876 

Died October 15, 1933 

Resident of Laguna Beach 

Robert Dudley Fullonton had 

full right to claim a royal pedigree 

from King David I of Scotland 

(reigning from 1124 to 1153) 

through his son, Henry, prince of 

Scotland and earl of Huntington; 

down 18 generations to 

Crov. Thomas Dudley of Massa- 
chusetts Bay Colony, 1630, m. 
Dorothy Yorke and had 

19 Rev. Samuel Dudley of E:x- 
eter, N. Y., m. Mary da. of Gov. 
John Winthrop and had 

20 Stephen Dudley, who had a 

21 Lieut. James Dudley, who had 
a son 

22 Joseph Dudley of Raymond, 
N. H., whose daughter 

23 Hannah Dudley married Dea- 
con Jeremicdi Fullonton. Their 
son was 

24 Rev. John Fullonton of Lew- 
isoD, Me., m. Elizabeth Eniiott and 

25 Lieut. John Elliott Fullonton, 
who married Etta (Evelyn) Moon- 
an (Mooney) whose only son was 

26 Robert Dudley Fullonton. 

(Page 193 David Starr Jor- 
dan's "Your Family Tree" Innum- 
erates the first 18 generations.) 

Mrs. Gladys Thatcher when in- 
foi-med of Robert FXillonton's 
death wrote "he was a life-long 
friend of mine • • ♦ He frequently 
visited us in our home here in La 
Crescenta valley • ♦ • I feel that 
you friends in Laguna knew the 
F^jllontons only as they appeared 
when they went there to live. 
Even then Mrs. Fullonton was a 
nervous and physical wreck and a 
very embittered, unbalanced 

"When I first met them some 
twenty-five years ago at Matilija 
Hot Springs in OJai Valley she 
was a beautiful woman (alwut 55 
years old) one of the most cul- 
tured interesting personalities I 
have ever known. Robert (then 
32) was a charming youug man. 

versatile to an almost imcmny 
degree. I remember that when 
my sister was unable to play a 
certain Chopin etude from mem- 
ory, he, then and there wrote a 
perfect manuscript of it on wrap- 
ping paper — and he did not play! 
One of his favorite pastimes was 
the perusal of an encyclopedia 
playing with words for hours at a 
time. • ^ ^ His mother ezhihlted 
in the great salons of Loodon and 
Paris • • • Two fortunes have 
passed through their hands. It is 
such a great pity that so great a 
mind as his was often intellectual 
at the expense of being inteOigenL 
So many opportunities came his 
way only to be put off unUI the 
inspiration seized him and the last 
monient found unfinished work. 
But he was so kind, so truly a 
gentleman always. 

"We have four of his lovely pic- 
tures, three I bought, one was his 
wedding gift to us. I often sr- 
ranged for a little exhibitioii in 
our home for our friends, so I 
know several who have his pic- 
tures. • • ^ There were seven trips 
abroad. He had some work in 
Oxford — postgraduate, I suppose. 
He always said "he would rather 
starve and lead the *art-life' than 
prosper and be bound by hours and 
conventions" • • • so for years 
their lives were a cycle of poverty 
which a picture slowly matured. 
finally a sale at a nice price, then 
every luxury while the money 
lasted — and over again. 

'These are only little impres- 
sions, the great impression was 

"It was a privilege to know 
them and from the friendly asso- 
ciation as a young girl onward 
through my life, I received from 
him a far broader outlook and a 
taste for the finer essentials of 
life. And although we will miss 
seeing him from time to time, it 
seems selfish to regret his passing 
from a rather lonely, harrassed 
life to a new beginning to which I 
l)elieve he goes beautifully gifted 
and prepared." 

Tlie photo-engraxlng on next 
page was made from a photograph 
of a full-length portrait of Mrs. 
Evelyn Fullonton, painted in Paris 
in 1887 by L. Raven-Hill. In 1SS7 

Fortndt 1881 

8tie warn S4, a widow, and Robert 
was 11 yean old. She had studied 
art in Paris for three years. 

The ancestry of this extraordi- 
narily talented woman reveals, and 
perhaps eiq>latns much of her char- 
acter and characteristics. Her 
grandfather was Joseph Whitloe, 
who, with a daughter, Annie, came 
from England and settled in Que- 
bec, Caziada, about 1830. Josei^ 
Whitloe was a ship builder and he 
was drowned in the St. Lawrence 
river below Quebec, after which 
his daughter, Annie Whitloe, was 
adopted by a Mrs. Harbatt in St. 
Georges, 60 miles southeast of the 
city of Quebec. Annie was edu- 
cated in an Ursuline convent and 
could speak French better than 
English ; her mother was said to 
have been French. Annie Whitloe 
married Joseph Moonan in 1849, a 
farmer of St. Georges, who had 
come over from Ireland as a young 
boy the son of Mathieu and Mary 
(McRonna) Moonan both from Ire- 
land. This luiion resulted in the 
birth of Matthew, bom May 10, 
1850. The transcript from the reg- 
ister of baptisms reads thus: 

"The 10th of May, 1860, I, the 
priest and pastor, baptized 
Mathieu, bom the sam.e day, 
from the legitimate marriage of 
Joseph Moonan, farmer, and Ann 
Whitloe of this parish. . . . The 
father absent. (Signed) Marie 
Paquet and Antoine Campeaus, 
The name Moonan has been 
changed to Mooney and Matthew 
Mooney, brother of Mrs. Fullon- 
ton, is now 85 years old and lives 
in St. Georges, P. Q. 

The next transcription records 
the tragic death of Mrs. Evelyn 
Fullonton's father, and reads as 

"The fourth of January, one 
thousand eight hundred and 
fifty-three, I, the undersigned 
priest and pastor, buried in the 
cemetery of this parish the body 
of Joseph Moonan. husband of 
Arm Whitloe, formerly farmer, 
aged twenty-nine years old and 
four months, died of cold in 
woods, the first of January. 
( Signed i Ant. Campeau. Priest." 
Seven months later Mrs Fullon- 
ton's baptism appears on the reg- 

ister MM fdOoirs: 

'The thfrfffffith of 
thotiiwiiKl eight 
fifty-three, I. tbe 
priest and pastcv, 
itte (Etta) bofm tb^ 
the legitimate 
Joseph Mootmn, 
Ami Whitloe of this 
father; ICathiea 



drowned and 
frozen to death se 
fore E^tta was bom! 

mental Bgaaj ai 

ICrs. FiiDontton 
''Brigitte," which 
to Etta, which latttf 
tained until 1902. 
second husband, Mr. l^atta, daed. 

After the tra^ death of her 
husband, Joseidi i^^ntiMiw abb 
Whitloe removed to 
Mai^ where Eltta Ifbooey 
brought up and educated, lira 
SaUy, widow of the Baptist pastor 
of Lewiston, wrote recently as fol- 

"I knew (Ertta Mbcmey) Robert's 
mother ^K^en she ipiras a girl in 
school, a pretty, bright, attractiTe 
girl to me." 

At the age of 21 or 22, E^tta 
Mooney married Lieut, John El- 
liott Fullonton, U. S. A^ the only 
son of the Rev. John Fullonton erf 
Lewiston, Maine. The lieutenant 
was then only 31 years old. He 
entered the Civil war at the a^ 
of 18 in 1862 and served until the 
close of the war as a comxnissioned 
officer on the staff of General 
Marston. He was honorably dis- 
charged and died in 1S86, when 
Robert was 10 years old. Lieu- 
tenant John had only one sister. 
Miss Ida Hazelton Fiillonton, bom 
in 1847, who inherited the Fullon- 
ton estate when the Rev. John Ful- 
lonton died in 1896. 

The Lieutenant Fullonton and 
his wife, Etta, were li\'ing in 
Washington, D. C, where he was 
a clerk in the war department, all 
of which is proven by the register 
of the birth of Robert Dudley Ful- 
lonton in Washington, August XL 

It was in Washington that Mrs. 
Fullonton made an excellent pic- 
ture of her negro nurse that 
aroused a tremendous interest in 

her native talent We know that 
Etta was in Paris in 1884, two 
years before her husband died. No 
record of any divorce has been 
found and it is confidently believed 
that friends and relatives financed 
the schooling of Mrs. Fullonton in 
the art schools of Paris and her 
son, Robert, in the French schools, 
-where he became most proficient 
in the French language. Mrs. 
Fullonton's most intimate friend 
declares that the Fullontons re-' 
mained in Paris for seven consecu- 
tive years beginning in 1884, her 
husband dying during her absence. 

That Mrs. Fullonton was suc- 
cessful in her studies in the art 
studios of Paris is evidenced by 
the fGu^t that at least one of her 
pictures was hung in the Paris 
salon. Innumerable letters were 
found in the Laguna studio, where 
she and her son had lived before 
they were claimed by death, prove 
her to have been very popular 
among the distinguished artists of 
her day. 

In 1801 she returned from Paris 
to lyewlston, Maiiie, because of the 
death of her mother, after which 
she went back to Canada and 
hired a studio in the town of Coat- 
icook, where she organized a paint- 
ing class, and among her pupils 
was Miss Louise Draper of Coati- 
cook, who is the writer's inform- 

Liater on Mrs. Fullonton moved 
to Sherbrooke, not far distant, and 
there in her studio she painted a 
portrait of Martin H. Watts, who 
fell in love with her and later on 
they were married in the Isle of 
Jersey, England. They both re- 
turned and occupied a home in 
Grosevenor avenue, Montreal, Que- 
bec. Mr. Watts was the secretary 
of the Montreal street railway sys- 
tem until he died in the Royal Vic- 
toria hospital May 1, 1901, leav- 
ing an estate valued at about $15,- 
000. When the estate was settled, 
she and Robert made their third 
trip to Europe, intending to spend 
the winter in Rome, but they found 
the weather so cold that they re- 
turned to America and settled in 

Robert Dudley Fullonton's early 
education was in. Paris schools, 
notably the Lycee St. Liouis, and 

it is not at all surprising that 
Robert should have thoroughly 
mastered the French language. 
In 1905 he entered the class of 
1909 at Harvard university, major- 
ing in languages and philosop^. 
A letter from his Aunt Ida, May 
29, 1905, reads in part as follows: 

"I was so glad to see you and 
to find that you had grown to such 
a fine looking and sensible young 
man as you seem to be. I can but 
hope that you will continue to 
grow in grace and wisdom." 

The records of Harvard college 
show that he was oblijed to with- 
draw from college in December, 
1906, because of incipient tubercu- 
losis, which fact in a large meas- 
ure accounts for both mother and 
son moving to California in 1908, 
after spending a year in Italy. He 
gave up civil engineering and de- 
voted himself to landscape paint- 
ing. We know he lived for a time 
in San Francisco; also Carmel and 
Los Angeles, and in 1919 they both 
came to Laguna Beach. 

A Lawyer Friend Upbraids aad 
Praises Mrs. Fullonton 

A New York councellor at law 
wrote Mrs. E. Fullonton-Watts, 
West Ossippe, N. H., July 16, 1902. 
(Age 49 in 1902, a widow). The 
letter follows: 
"Dearest Etta: 

"Your long, delightful letter of 
yesterday is received. You are not 
to think, dear, that I was com- 
pledning over your silence. . . . You 
are beyond question the most bril- 
liantly intellectual and accom- 
plished woman . have ever knowtf. 
Your personal charms and sweet- 
ness need not be told. You know 
too well my estimate and appreci- 
ation of them. But intellectual as 
you are, you are still a woman and 
consequently your feminine organ- 
ization dominates your intellect 
whenever 'your woman's nature is 
involved. No one knows better 
than you what folly astrology is 
and that horoscopes, jplanetary 
conjunctions, etc., are howling ab- 
surdities not to impose on a gap- 
ing rustic much less an intellect 
like yours. The statements of your 
mind, character, impulses, pas- 
sions, dispositions, etc., etc., are 
all based on your features, appear- 
ances, manners, speech, etc., not on 

Any atory told of you by the sUra! 
No one bftvtng the least otaeerva- 
tloR or power of dlacemment can 
see. watch and converae for flve 
minutes with you without percelv 
tng In you the qualltlM and char- 
McterlBtlCB 90 copiously read bs 
from a horoscope by your fortune 
teller. I cannot Imagine your giv- 
ing credit to anything considering 
the future tliat you are told by 
aucb people. . . . E>o not credit (he 

"I am glad you are about to set- 
tle Into qutetness and rest. You 
need a great deal. It may be un- 
gallant and alJ that, but I must 
nay you looked far fresher, 
younger and better In every way 
when I saw you before sailing (for 
Rome* than you appeared on your 
return. You overdid the whole 
biialneaa, to be plain atmut It, and 
honestly, It was a crazy act in one 
in your state a[ mind and body to 
go off four thousand miles away 
to find health and repose. But It 
la ended now and through the long 
winter you can hibernate Iso far 
OB one of your ardent nature, 
jAyslcalty and active restless mind 
can do so). You are still young 
and have a long life yet before 
you; you are still and always will 
be & moat attractive woman and 
men are drawn to you l>y the cran- 
blnatlon In you (so uncommon In 
women) of pbyslcal cbarma and 
mental powers. 

CnuUng Dlsappolntmeiit 

7%e Fullontona had set great 
store upon an anticipated Inherit- 
ance of bis grandfather's estate in 
Lewiston, Maine, thought to be 
held In trust I>y his Aunt Ida Ful- 
lonton for ber lifetime. She died 
In May, 19M, leaving only (500 to 
Robert The bulk of the estate 
was left to Bates college to com- 
plete an endowment In memory of 
the late Rev. John Fullonton, 
called the "Fullonton Professor- 
ship Fund for the Teaching of 
Biblical Uterature and Religion." 

July 26, 1926, Robert wrote to 
the president of this college in 
part as follows: "I have Just re- 
ceived notice of the death of my 
aunt, Ida H. Fullonton, and a copy 
of her last will and testament. The 
reading of the will has caused my 
mother and myself a surprise so 

pAlnfut that It Is dWIcuIt to cob- 
vey an adequate idea of oar feel- 
ings, as the provisions of ttie will 
are so utterly at vartaoce with tt>e 
earnest assurance repeatedly gfireo 
In good faith to both my mother 
and myself by my late aunt and 
my late grandfather (who died in 
1898), Rev. Dr. Fullonton, that I 
should be named as chief bene- 
ficiary in the last will and testa- 
ment of my late aunL 

"I am the only heir-at-law of 
ray aunt and the last of the Ful- 
loatona, and my financial coodl- 
Uon, as well aa my mother's pby»- 
Ical condition, are such that Ute 
property and money which I e^ 
pected from my late aunt's estate, 
according to her promises, meaal 
everything to me." 

Sept. 23, 1026, the president of 
Bates college wn>te: "I have gone 
Into the matter of the validity of 
the will. . . . and I am con\'inced 
that It Is enUrely valid, and that 
it represents exactly the long-coB- 
aidcred purpose of Miss Fullonton 
to complete a memorial to her 

On Oct. IS. 1926, the executor 
sent a check for (SOO. "In full for 
bequest In your favor." 

The correapordence, continued to 
June IS, 1927, yielded nothing but 

In July, 19ZT, after selling a pai^ 
cfll of real eatate, mother and mh 
sailed for Parla, where Mn. Ful- 
lonton, although then 74 yean <M, 
thought they could earn a living 
with their art and live in the at- 
mosphere of Parla, where she had 
spent so many of the earlier y«an 
of her life, long before the WotU 
war had utteriy changed all ^ 
France, especially Pails. It r»- 
qulred tMit a few months to leam 
that they had made a false move, 
and they hurried back to Laguna 
before their dwindling reaourcca 
had left them stranged attroad. 

Prom that time until her death 
In Orange county hospital, Fel>. 13, 
1931, she remained a heavy re- 
sponsibility and a frightful drag 
upon Robert's reaourcea. both 
phyatcal and financial. 

Both mother and son are burted 
in Palrhaven cemetery, Santa Ana, 

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